On Brick Lane is a journey into the heart of the East End, an excavation of past, memory, place and people.
By looking at a single street, Rachel Lichtenstein teases out the story of one of London's most vibrant and dynamic communities. It is a story of immigration - of Huguenots, Jews, Bangladeshis; of anarchists and fascists; of abandoned synagogues, teeming mosques and incongruent Hawksmoor churches; of gangsters and artists; shopkeepers and street life; the beating heart of a never-still, always-vocal people.
With Lichtenstein's skilful guidance, it becomes a trip through a world that is at once recognizable, but also wonderfully stange.
- Publication Date:
- 03 / 11 / 2008