A Double Thread
John Gross is the son of a Jewish doctor who practiced in the East End of London from the 1920s through the Second World War and beyond. Looking back on his childhood, he traces his double inheritance, the religion that underpinned family life - Yiddish stories and jokes, the rituals and mysteries of the synagogue - is set against the life of the streets, where gangsters are heroes and patients turn up on the doorstep at all hours.
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Review: A Double Thread: Growing Up English and Jewish in LondonUser Review - Lemar - Goodreads
Very honest and unflinching book recounting the rather unusual and important experience of growing up Jewish in 20th century Britain. Extremely erudite and, appropriately, combining warmth with a certain British reserve. I loved it. Read full review
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