East End My Cradle, by Willy Goldman

East End My Cradle, by Willy Goldman
East End My Cradle, by Willy Goldman

Published by Robson Books in 1988, 232 pages. Hardnack with Dust Jacket (S7046)

Willy Goldman was born in Stepney in London's East End in the period before the First World War, and he spent his childhood growing up within the Jewish community. In this book he writes about his experiences as an Eastender during that period. He recounts going to the cinema during the war, playing in the streets with his friends, how his dad worked as a street hawker, and how politics began to intrude in his life as he got older. He remembers going to see Emma Goldman speak at a public meeting, and the rise of Oswald Moseley and his fascists. Together his memories and reminiscences offer a fascinating insight into what life was like in London's East End, and in particular within the Jewish community, all those years ago....

From the inside front fly leaf: This book is a classic, and is still as compulsively readable as when Willy Goldman first penned it in 1938. It was written with a first hand knowledge of the East End and its diverse range of characters - his maternal granfather was an embittered recluse, and his father was a gregarious street hawker who would push a loaded barrow through the cobbled side streets of Stepney yelling 'ripe fish'!

Born and grown to adulthood in the human melting pot that was the East End before the Second World War, where the overwhelming majority of Jews got their living from street trading or sweatshops, this book describes it with vitality, candour and vision....

The condition of the book is generally good. The dust jacket has some minor scuffs, and some light nibbling and wear along the edges and corners, but the red cover boards are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Not price clipped

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