Rachel Lichtenstein’s grandparents were Polish Jewish refugees who lived on Brick Lane in London’s East End before the Second World War.
She has written a fascinating book – half memoir, half social history – that retrieves the street’s past and connects it to its present as the centre of London’s Bangladeshi community. On Brick Lane is well worth reading for anyone interested in London’s radical history and its resonances today.
On Brick Lane
by Rachel Lichtenstein
Hamish Hamilton, £20