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East of Islington A Novel About Gossip, Friendship and the City by Sam Taylor

East of Islington A Novel About Gossip, Friendship and the City


East of Islington A Novel About Gossip, Friendship and the City by Sam Taylor

Welcome to East of Islington. Stepping over the debris of the previous occupant, Sam Taylor has just moved into her first flat. Ignoring the dodgy postcode (this is so not Notting Hill), the real estate agent had trilled that this was an area with 'potential'. But as in 'East of Eden', many things go on that have little to do with paradise or passion. Except that the brooding undercurrents are delivered in a slightly more English fashion in this hilarious fictional diary of fifteen years of unadulterated gossip, and what happens when children leave their parents for the city. Meet Piano Pete, aka Pete the Plonker, who is keen for a girl friend but too mean to pay for the subscription of his dating website. Or


'Deliciously extravagant.'

-star review Mail on Sunday 'Mischievous - Imagine Armistead Maupin remodelling Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood on the personals section of the Hackney Gazette.
Daily Mail

'Delightful - an urban Archers.'
Boyd Tonkin, Independent

'You'll be retelling it to your friends until they buy their own copy.'
Metro (London

, Leeds, Manchester)

'A must-read.
Time Out

'Fiendishly funny.'
Will Self

About the Author

Sam Taylor
Sam Taylor was born in 1970 and is the former pop culture correspondent for the Observer. He lives in France with his young family.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st January 2011


Sam Taylor

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Gibson Square Books Ltd


304 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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