Crowds queue for Spitalfields Life—even its secret ‘Gentle Author’

12:40 05 March 2012

Crowds pack launch at Spitalfields Church

Crowds pack launch at Spitalfields Church

Spitalfields Life (promo - free)

Church bells peeled as the people of Spitalfields in London’s East End turned out for the launch of a unique book about their everyday lives.

The huge Christ Church in Commercial Street was packed for Friday night’s launch of Spitalfields Life by the secret ‘Gentle Author.’

Hundreds queued round the corner to get in—even the author had to get in line.

The doors eventually opened and a great surge led by cockney Pearly kings and queens filled the church nave and aisles, Spitalfields Life website reported this-morning.

The secret author has so far been collecting nearly 1,000 stories about Spitalfields and aims to make it 10,000 by 2027 with one blog a day on the Spitalfields Life website.

The £20 book published the day before by Hodder & Stoughton has the first 150 stories with 300 pictures and illustrations. It tells the story of its street art, markets, diverse food, immigrant culture, ancient houses, pageants and parades, rituals and customs, traditional trades, old family businesses—but above all it’s about the ordinary men and women who make it happen.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Police and ambulance attend the Wapping High Street collision (Picture: Mike Smith)

A taxi driver is in hospital fighting for his life after having a heart attack at the wheel and ploughing into a cab on Wapping High Street, east London this morning.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
(Picture:: PA)

London Underground staff who were hailed as heroes on 7/7 for evacuating stations and tending to the wounded are being ‘forced’ to reapply for their jobs due to ‘dangerous’ job cuts, the RMT union has said.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Do you think you should be allowed to wear shorts to work?  (Photo: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Good news for everyone sweltering at work: The TUC union backs your call to wear more summery clothing in the current heatwave.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The inicdent took place near Station Road and Ranelagh Road in Harlesden (Photo: Google StreetView)

Police have arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of murder after a fatal stabbing in Harlesden last night.

Monday, June 29, 2015
The trial continues at the Old Bailey

A woman accused of killing a suspected paedophile has denied stabbing him but admitted to “poking” him with a knife following a confrontation, a court heard today.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more
£100 worth of pet goodies up for grabs!

Animal lovers rejoice! It’s time to treat your pooch or spoil your kitty with a hamper worth £100 from Feedem.

Read more