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East End Backpassages by Alan Gilbey


East End Backpassages by Alan Gilbey

From Gilbert and George to the Kray Twins, from Cockney costermongers to cocky young bands posing in front of Banksy graffiti, let Bafta-winning writer Alan Gilbey take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of another kind of London. This is a book of history walks like no other (one's on a train for a start) written by a life-long east-ender. Packed with facts, lies, sights, insights, bad jokes and more than a few strong opinions, this is an insider's guide to London's most exciting cultural quarter - perfect for people who wouldn't normally be seen dead with a book like this. Based on the author's cult theatrical tours - and illustrated with maps, cartoons, subtly subverted period photographs and anything else the author felt like throwing in - East End Backpassages is irreverent, pertinent and very funny; the antidote to Albert Square and all those bloody Jack the Ripper tours...

About the Author

Alan Gilbey is a genuine cockney, born within the sound of a sat-nav being stolen. In his fifty or so years of failing to live somewhere other than the East End he has been a sickly school kid, a punk performance poet, a stand-up comic and an acclaimed playwright. He created award winning comedy/drama series for BBC radio and contributed to BBC2's Deadringers. Today he principally works in animation, creating and writing new TV series for adults and children. Shows that he scripted have won many awards, including two from the Royal Television Society and two Baftas. A decade ago, with actor Steven Wells, he started Backpassage Walks to offer alternative ways of exploring London's history and so he could get out of the house more.

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Publication date

1st September 2012


Alan Gilbey

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Quartet Books


192 pages


Local history



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