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Nsight into and a feel for those days when life was much simpler And it s very British that the people who she spoke to all complained about being moved out of the east end slums and into brand new housing in Dagenham complete with all mod cons EAST END TALES ives the reader through the veil of Gilda O Neill s own personal experiences and the experiences of East Enders she interviewed what life was really like in that area of London from the early 1900s the interwar era the years between 1919 and 1939 the war years and during the 1950s when O Neill lived there as a child Much of what I read in this book reminded me of the stories I had read several years ago of the British poor and working class in their own words of the Edwardian Era 1901 1910 In that era though a basic education was free people lived hand to mouth in shabby housing with outdoor toilets and washtubs for weekly bathing and for tending to laundry They also worked long hours in labor intensive jobs and could ill afford medical care The highest aspiration any woman could have in that time would be to secure secretarial work or a job as a schoolteacher nurse or journalist The commonality between the life that I had read about in Britain during the Edwardian Era and the life of the East End of London circa 1900 to the 1950s as described in EAST END TALES was that East Enders tended in eneral to stick together and shared what little they had with each other Any reader of this review who has watched the TV series Call the Midwife would understand that. Esponsible for any used product classification undertaken by the seller A to Z Guarantee not applicable on used product.

Machines no new clothes or shoes to be had not as much food as wanted or needed the author deals with it all and lived through it allYet don t et the impression this is a sorrowful story of how everyone wished they lived elsewhere It s no such thing It even turns out that when families such as the author s moved out of the East End many individuals were not happy in their new homes Yes they loved their vastly improved living conditions but they horribly missed the old neighborhood They missed family members friends merchants neighborhood Leonardo and the Mona Lisa Story get togethers and belonging to a cohesiveroup of similar people who watched out for each other Contentment can still exist in poor neighborhoodsThis is an interesting memoir that even brings up Jack The Ripper since he killed in their neighborhood back in the 1800s The author s Mona Lisa grandmother had an unusual theory about the identity of the serial killer At 50 pages it s too short though as was the author s life Gilda O Neill died in 2010 She also wrote other nonfiction books about the East End including the much longer memoir My East End Memories of Life in Cockney London Thus I m not uite sure what the purpose of East End Tales is since myuess is everything in it is included in that longer memoirNote I received a free e copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher A nice short read which I started and finished in one sitting actually I was in the bath The author writes about her own and other people s fond memories of the east end of London The stories ive you a real Tains Note The above used product classification has been solely undertaken by the seller shall neither be liable nor

This memoir style book tells many different tales of living in the East End and how life was years ago Most of the stories included are short and simple and although some of them are darker in nature than others the book does not come across as depressing but rather lighthearted Many of the participants ended up longing for their former life in the East End after they moved away One thing this book will likely do for you is make you lad for the life you have Food in the tummy heating and cooling and indoor plumbing are all things we might take for Soldier O - Bosnian Inferno granted but these stories remind us why we shouldn t Overall this was a pleasant book Short and to the point easily read during a lunch break or whilst traveling Recommended for those who enjoy learning about historical situations and the people who lived through them This review is based on a complementary copy from the publisher provided through Netgalley This is one of those short memoirs where the author randomly records her or his thoughts and memories about a childhood neighborhood Gilda O Neillrew up in the East End of London Contrary to editorial reviews on its page the book is neither shocking nor does it concentrate on the filth of the East End Much is written about the poverty however both during the 1950s when the author was Seeing Through the Eyes of the Polish Revolution growing up as well as the 1930s Ms O Neill wanted to point out that even though life was tough at times during her childhood it was much worse for those whorew up twenty years earlier Small cold houses no indoor plumbing or washing. Free Delivery if order value from the seller is Keeping Secrets greater than 399 Used Book inood condition No missing torn pages No

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