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An Acre of Barren Ground

by Jeremy Gavron
£7.99   paperback  Simon and Schuster Ltd (2006)

An Acre of Barren Ground by Jeremy Gavron At number 30 the victim of a savage serial killer is found, and Inspector Abberline wonders whether he'll ever find the murderer they're calling 'Jack'... At number 41 a man tries to hide his family in the shadows of a ruined London.. 1500 years later, a gangster plays out the same story... At 246 a mammoth dies, and long afterwards, a giant's thighbone is discovered...
Bangladeshis, Jews, Huguenots, brewers, soldiers, farmers and medieval monks - men on the run and families determined to make a new home. Each has come to Brick Lane. Each has left its ghosts. In the life of one street lies a whole nation's story.

"[This] extraordinary novel-come-social history deftly excavates the East End's Brick Lane, in such depth and with such empathy and gusto that it leaves you breathless."
(Julie Myerson, Guardian)
"Clever, witty, tender, drol... Jeremy Gavron takes east London as his canvas and paints a portrait that is richly multi-layered and breathtakingly inventive. 'An Acre of Barren Ground' is surely destined to endure as a classic."
(Simon Winchester)

ISBN 13: 9780743259729 | ISBN 10: 0743259726

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