Recommendations / Our pick of the best

The Lowlife by Alexander Baron
The Lowlife by Alexander Baron

A glimpse at the Hackney of a bygone age, seen through the eyes of Harryboy Boas, the ‘lowlife’ of the title. A rare document of London Jewish life in the early 1960s, now with a new introduction by Iain Sinclair.

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Acquired for Development By: A Hackney Anthology
Acquired for Development By: A Hackney Anthology

Twenty-five writers, twenty-five different perspectives on the rapidly changing London Borough of Hackney. From gentrification to supermarket sandwiches, Turkish Alevism to inner-city river living, middle-class civil war to pylon romance, Acquired for Development By captures an alternative, insightful and sometimes bizarre take on modern London life.

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Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire by Iain Sinclair
Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire by Iain Sinclair

A personal record of our borough, where Sinclair has lived for forty years. It is a documentary fiction, seeking to capture the spirit of place, before Hackney succumbs to mendacious green papers, eco boasts, sponsored public art and the Olympic Park gnawing at its edges. A must-read for Hackney lovers.

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Rain on the Pavements by Roland Camberton
Rain on the Pavements by Roland Camberton

A former student of Hackney Downs School, Roland Camberton released this classic tale of Jewish life in the 1930’s before retreating from public life a disappearing off the literary map for good. Acknowledged as the quintessential Hackney author, Camberton has gone on to be championed by Iain Sinclair and others as being one of the […]

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Must You Go? My Life With Harold Pinter
Must You Go? My Life With Harold Pinter

by Antonia Fraser Antonia Fraser draws on her meticulously kept diaries and recollections in this portrait of her long and celebrated marriage to the great playwright and local Clapton man, Harold Pinter. A compelling and fascinating insight into their relationship, and into Pinter’s art as a writer.

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Hackney Modern, Restored, Forgotten, Ignored
Hackney Modern, Restored, Forgotten, Ignored

by The Hackney Society. Edited by Lisa Rigg Hackney Modern, Restored, Forgotten, Ignored features 40 buildings to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Hackney Society. Written by 40 authors the book seeks to draw attention to good-quality modern architecture; recent restoration projects; buildings that have been lost; and buildings that are currently at risk from […]

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