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Book review: Spitalfields Life, By The Gentle Author
Boyd Tonkin is Literary Editor at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Social Policy Editor of the New Statesman and has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes. He has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in literature.
Friday 14 June 2013
The “Gentle Author” began a Spitalfields Life blog in 2009. It consists of quietly respectful interviews with local people around the writer's manor, just east of the City. Fine photographs and drawings adorn a lovely printed version.
This devotion to craft matches the vocation of Londoners who make, serve, sell, help, build or simply live in ways that enrich the urban fabric. East End life tumbles from these cornucopian pages. After this labour of love, “the city has become a more human place for me”. It will for every reader too.
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