My East End

My East End

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Gilda O'Neill was born into a traditional East End family in Bethnal Green. Her nan had a pie and mash shop, her grandfather was a tug skipper on the Thames and her great-uncle was the minder for a gambling den. Her childhood was in a world most of us associate with chirpy cockneys, pub knees-ups, legendary criminals and the Dickensian underworld. Yet here Gilda O'Neill goes beyond the myths of the East End to reveal a far more complex and humane story, from the area's distant past to the strong, close-knit communities of living memory. Gathering together her own memories and the personal recollections of East Enders, she brings us stories of unbelievable hardship and devastating change; yet also of great pride, kindness, courage, resilience and humour. These tales of yesterday provide a fascinating commentary on our ideas of community today, and tell, with wit, warmth and emotion, the real story of life in London's East End
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Product details

  • Audio cassette | 4 pages
  • 107 x 140 x 33mm | 258g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Penguin Audiobooks
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 24pp b&w illustrations
  • 0141803452
  • 9780141803456

About Gilda O'Neill

Gilda O'Neill lives in Spitalfields and grew up in the East End of London. She left school at 15 but went on to university as a mature student. She is a founder member of Material Girls a network of women writers across the whole spectrum of the industry. She divides her time between Essex and Spitalfields.
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