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Book review: Spitalfields Life, By The Gentle Author
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.
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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