Beyond the Tower, By John Marriott
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Saturday 21 July 2012
Before the shindig at Stratford began, east Londoners endured three centuries of efforts to improve, reform, rehouse and upgrade them.
Yet the outlandish territory beyond the Tower tends to move with tides of history – migration, empire, boom-and-bust – too vast for planners to direct.
Erudite but readable, this history of East London in its mutinous variety traces the flow of change in glorious detail.
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