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Portobello Road: Lives of a Neighbourhood Hardcover – 19 Jun 2014
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"A wonderful study of this iconic London street."(Michael Bond, author of Paddington Bear)
‘Underneath the veneer of hedge funders, boutiques and gym-fit wives lurk traces of the original Portobello rediscovered by Julian Mash. From the last costermongers in the vegetable market to the antiques traders and music scene, the author uncovers a distinctive world and vibe that could only belong to this street.’(The Lady)
'... you need this book on your shelf'(The Londonist)
"a fascinating look at a fascinating part of London"(Robert Elms BBC London)
"elegy for a lost community"(Evening Standard)
"a charming addition to the canon. The 'Lives' in the subtitle - a colourful cast of rock stars, bohemians, hustlers and slum landlords - are brought to life in such detail, you can almost smell the jerk chicken."(Easyjet Traveller)
About the Author
JULIAN MASH graduated from the University of East Anglia with an MA in Creative Writing in 2011. He spent much of his twenties running a record label and playing in a band before becoming a bookseller. He has lived and worked in and around Portobello Road for the last ten years, half of which was spent working at the Travel Bookshop, a local institution and the inspiration for the bookshop in the film Notting Hill. He is currently manager of the Idler Academy and literary events manager for End of the Road Festival. He was a recipient of a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction in 2013.
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As Mash sets out, through interviews and research, to write this book and to re-explore the neighbourhood, you feel his initial sadness about the changes in this neighbourhood subside. Lamenting the loss of earlier celebrated heroes of the Portobello Road - Claudia Jones, credited as 'the mother of Caribbean Carnival', for example - he finds plenty more still living and working in and around the neighbourhood. From the dentist-cum-stand-up-comedian to the boxing champion turns grocer, everyone seems to have multiple, diverse strings to their bows in these parts. But they all share a love for the Portobello Road, its patterns of daily life, its community, and its grimy, uncomfortable, yet always vibrant, past.
'Portobello Road' is a great read for city-lovers, city-dwellers and anyone who is interested in urban neighbourhoods and communities.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great book with great stories a real in site to the shops and neighbourhood of portobello road a must readPublished 22 months ago by andy
I enjoyed Julian Mash's book immensely. For someone who knew relatively little about the area (besides the obvious), I now feel like an expert, and regularly drop 'did you know'... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Alice Brett
Having been born, bred, lived in, worked, and frequented North West London for much of my life, it was quite something to read a book about my own back yard, and learn so much from... Read morePublished 23 months ago by David S Fineberg
In several ways this story reflects the history of many interesting areas of London, starts off a bit down at heel, gets edgy, becomes exciting, gets gentrified, loses something in... Read morePublished on 10 July 2014 by Gentoo