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by Jean Fullerton

A brand new uplifting, emotional and sometimes shocking memoir about life in London’s oldest suburb, from the Queen of saga fiction Jean Fullerton . . .

*** Featured on WOMAN & HOME and PEOPLE’S FRIENDand coming soon to BBC RADIO! ***

One of my first East London memories is lying in bed, listening to the low boom of the barges as they nudged each other on the Thames, just half a mile away from our estate . . .

Life in Cockney London was tough in the post-war years. The government’s broken promises had led to a chronic housing shortage, rampant crime and families living in squalor. But one thing prevailed: the unbeatable spirit of the East End, a tight-knit community who pulled through the dark times with humour and heart.

Drawing on both family history and her own memories of growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, as well as her working life as a district nurse and local police officer, Jean Fullerton vividly depicts this fascinating part of London – from tin baths, to jellied eels, to tigers in a Wapping warehouse.

***Includes a bonus 8-page photo plate section!***

A Child of the East End is an eye-opening, heartfelt and atmospheric portrait of life in the East End after the war from ‘the queen of saga fiction’, perfect for fans of My East End by Gilda O’Neill and Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth.


‘Food for the soul, it’s simply deliciously readable and enjoyable’ 

‘Charming and full of detail… You will ride emotional highs and lows… Beautifully written’ The Lady on A Ration Book Daughter

‘A delightful, well researched story’ bestselling author Lesley Pearse

‘A real page-turner with larger-than-life characters and convincing period detail’ Daily Express

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