Soft cover, 340 pages
Jeremy Gavron's bold and brilliant new novel invites you on a remarkable walking tour - a tour during which the ghosts of London's Brick Lane open up their front doors
Boswell, a mammoth, a monk, Mistress Brown, three soldiers, two brewers, a bard, a bear, a waiter, a businessman, a shoreswoman, a mother, a bone, two slaughterers (one reluctant, one steeped in blood), an old man, a young man, a young woman, a baby, a skeleton, a detective, two farmers (both on the run), one lover, a Roman, a weaver, his church .... their street
As we journey down Brick Lane, these lives begin to echo each other across time. At number 41 a man tries to hide his family in the shadows of a ruined London; 1500 years later., a gangster's sister lives with the consequences of having been found. At 246 a mammoth dies, and long afterwards, a giant's thighbone is discovered. Beneath it all, a young woman trawls through the sewers, finding the things the rest of us have forgotten. From within these individual stories, we hear the echoes of history.
Is there something about Brick Lane that has shaped these lives? Bangladeshis, Jews, Huguenots, brewers, soldiers, farmers and medieval monks - people on the run and families determined to make a new home. Each has come to Brick Lane. Each has left its ghosts.
In a groundtaking blend of fiction, history and archaeology, Jeremy Gavron uncovers the story of the street - the story of Brick Lane, the story of London, and the story of Britain.