Bought 27 Jan 2007 – Bookends

Hall comes back from journalistic assignments in India and elsewhere in the world, and ends up only able to afford to live in a tiny, rundown studio flat in an East End slum. Gradually he acclimatises to the characters and location, and we get a beautiful, affectionate and honest picture of the area and its inhabitants. Bittersweet and addictive; an unusual and powerful read.