Reading East London with Alan Dein



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A new monthly book club exploring the depiction of London’s East End

Oral historian & radio broadcaster Alan Dein hosts a new monthly book club which will explore how the communities and the histories of the East End have been depicted in novels and non-fiction.

From old favourites to recent discoveries, Alan will take you on an extraordinary journey from the tailoring workshops of Brick Lane to the docks of Silvertown… and you may meet a unicorn on the way!

All titles discussed will be selected from the ‘East London Classics’ section in the shop, and will be available in advance.

  • Tuesday 7th November 2023 – 7.00pm
  • Tuesday 5th December 2023 – 7.00pm
  • Tuesday 9th January 2024 – 7.00pm
  • Tuesday 6th February 2024 – 7.00pm

Each session is £10 plus the option to buy tickets for all sessions together for £36.

Places are limited, so early booking is advised!

Tickets available online and in-store.


If you’re on a low-income, for example from a household earning less than £16k per year, or in receipt of benefits, working tax credits, universal credit, disability allowance or carer’s allowance, please contact  [email protected] to check availability for our concessions. Use ‘Reading East London concession ticket’ as your subject header and include your full name for approval. Concession tickets purchased without approval will be considered invalid. We don’t require any information about or proof of your financial situation, but please bear in mind these places are limited.

Additional information


5th December, 6th February, 7th November, 9th January, All sessions