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Up Jack The Ripper since he killed in their neighborhood back in the 1800s The author s 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 my guess is everything in it is included in that longer memoirNote I received a free e copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher Great auto biography The book is a slim volume and enjoyable to read with a good pace to its narrative Much can be gleaned about the post war East End of London in the 50s the community spirit the food and eating habits Christmas and health schooling and crime Many details ump up to enlighten I had uite a bit of fun reading and finishing this book They loved living there in the end and some of them even moved back there Hooray for the great East End A lively first person narrative which really brings the old East End to life with all its energy humour hard work and privation Gilda O Neill looks back on growing up in the East End and as well as remembering clearly provides a commentary from her mature self on the economics the values and the motivations which probably escaped her at the time She also shares her knowledge and research into the changes which have take place recently and the impact on the people of the East End She recounts many stories she has gleaned from other East Enders providing a rich and multi faceted story which is probably uniue EAST END TALES gives 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 Ethnographic Research jobs and could ill afford medical care The highest aspiration any woman could have in that time would be to secure secretarial work or aob as a schoolteacher nurse or ournalist The commonalit. Esponsible for any used product classification undertaken by the seller A to Z Guarantee not applicable on used product.

R 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 Princess Fuzzypants hereMomma loves London England so she eats up books on London of yesteryear and we both really loved this one It is written with such love and sentiment that it would be impossible not to be moved It does not sugarcoat or imply that life was easy a back When It could be brutal cruel and hard Multiple families crammed into space we today would find inadeuate for one person No running water hot or cold No indoor plumbing It was awful and yetThe idea of families moving away or leaving the neighbourhood was unthinkable The close knit communities relied on each other Since the family member who moved out was likely only steps away it was assumed that they would have each other s backs When many were forced to move away after the devastation of the Blitz they lived in better housing but they lost much in the move From the uotes in the book it is clear many were nostalgic for an East End that no longer existedIt is likely that no one but a Cockney could have told this story so movingly I give it five purrs and two paws up This is one of those short memoirs where the author randomly records her or his thoughts and memories about a childhood neighborhood Gilda O Neill grew 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 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 who grew up twenty years earlier Small cold houses no indoor plumbing or washing 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 get 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 get togethers and belonging to a cohesive group of similar people who watched out for each other Contentment can still exist in poor neighborhoodsThis is an interesting memoir that even brings. 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 glad for the life you have Food in the tummy heating and cooling and indoor plumbing are all things we might take for 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 caught my eye when it said Bethnal Green being a Bethnal Green girl myself and practically being brought up on Pie and Mash One of the uestions I had always asked myself was why a knife was never used Gilda O Neill also voiced this But I digress a lovely little book full of anecdotes of life in the East End back in the fifties this got me and my dad chatting about his time in the East End and he said he was happiest when they had nothing but love family and communityIt is a shame it was only 50 pages long but I did enjoy it Lovely little insight into the East End and how it s changed My only criticism would be it s not long enough 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 give you a real insight 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 Born into a traditional East End family in Bethnal Green Gilda O Neill grew up in a world most of us associate with chirpy cockneys pub knees ups legendary criminals and the Dickensian underworld 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 In East End Tales Gilda O Neill has gathered together her memories and personal recollections of East Enders to bring us stories of unbelievable hardship and devastating change yet also of great pride kindness courage resilience and humou. Free Delivery if order value from the seller is greater than 399 Used Book in good condition No missing torn pages No

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