Win a Christmas bundle of East London books

A pile of books about East London


Win a bundle of beautiful books about East London worth £110 in our festive competition.

One of the best things about the winter holidays is snuggling up with a good book next to a fireplace on a cold evening. If you can’t wait to get cosy and stick your nose between some fresh pages, we have good news for you. This Christmas season we have teamed up with some incredible local authors and artists to give you a chance to win not one, but six of this year’s best books about the East End. These really are a treat.

The books you can win include East End Vernacular and The Life and Times of Mr Pussy by The Gentle Author, A Modest Living, Memoirs of a Cockney Sikh by Suresh Singh, Doreen Fletcher Paintings, Stepney Doorstep Society by Kate Thompson and Brick Lane Cookbook by Dina Begum.

East End Vernacular – The Gentle Author presents a magnificent selection of pictures revealing the evolution of painting in the East End and tracing the changing character of the streets through the twentieth century.

The Lifes and Times of Mr Pussy –  written by The Gentle Author is a literally hymn to the intimate relationship between humans and animals, telling stories and drawing upon memories of the author’s cat.

A Modest Living, Memoirs of a Cockney Sikh – looks back on the life of a Sikh family which lived in a house on Princelet Street in Spitalfields for over 70 years. The stunning autobiography is supported by archive images and beautiful photographs and its chapters are separated with traditional Sikh recipes by Jagir Kaur, Suresh’s wife.

Doreen Fletcher Paintings – the book curated by The Gentle Author offers a peek into the vast collection of paintings that the Stepney artist Doreen Fletcher has painted over the years. Some of these paintings have never been seen before and include beautiful sceneries and places from all parts of East London.

Stepney Doorstep Society – written by Kate Thompson tells incredible stories of women that ruled the streets of East London during war. They struggled against poverty and fought for their community, stood up to the Kray Twins and became the backbone of the East End to this day.

Brick Lane Cookbook – written by British Bangladeshi author Dina Begum is a culinary map of the East End’s tastiest street and a snapshot of London at its authentic, multi-cultural best. The book includes contributions from street food traders and restaurants as well as original recipes inspired by the vibrant Brick Lane Market.