Children of the Green – Doris M Bailey


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Here, vividly recalled, is the world of Bethnal Green’s backstreets between the wars – family life under the rule of an uncertain-tempered Dad, the weekly struggle to make ends meet, the little shops and the people who ran them, street sellers like the cats’ meat man, trips to Hackney Marshes to collect sheep droppings for the back yard rose bushes and the very different world of Sunday School and the Baptist chapel.

Doris Bailey’s talent for creating character, her eye for detail and sense of fun combine to achieve a remarkable portrait of London’s East End in the twenties.

Doris Bailey was born in Bethnal Green in 1916 and moved away in 1938. One of her sons, Jonathan, illustrated this biography.