My East End: Memories of Life in Cockney London (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Penguin UK, Sep 28, 2000 - History - 384 pages
4 Reviews

'Every page is a delight. Every chapter made vivid by a writer who has poured heart and soul into her book'. Val Hennessy, Daily Mail

The East End of London - cockneys, criminals, street markets, pub singalongs, dog racing, jellied eels ... it is a place at once appealing and unruly, comforting and incomprehensible. Gilda O'Neill, an East Ender herself shows there is more to this fascinating area than a collection of cliched images. Using oral history and more traditional sources she builds up a powerful image of this community - bringing to us, with wit and honesty, the real story of London's East End


What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Laurenbdavis - LibraryThing

The East End of London is a nearly mythological neighborhood. From Jack the Ripper to jellied eels, from the 'mockney' of Hollywood to the true Cockneys, dock workers and mothers and criminals (think ... Read full review

Review: My East End A History Of Cockney London

User Review  - Juliet - Goodreads

Amazing collection of stories and details about the famed East End of London. First section of the book provides a brief history of the area, including well-intentioned but poorly-executed charitable ... Read full review


Postwar Postimperial Postindustrial Postmodern PostEast End?

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2000)

Gilda O'Neill grew up in the East End of London. Having left school aged fifteen, she later returned to education as a mature student and went on to take three university degrees. Since 1990 she has been writing full-time and has published numerous works of both fiction and non-fiction, including two non-fiction bestsellers, My East End and Our Street. Gilda O'Neill is married with two grown-up children and lives in the East End.

Bibliographic information