London s East Enders are known for being a tough, humorous and lively lot In the early th century, families crowded into single rooms, children played on the streets and neighbours doors were never locked in case you needed an escape route from the policeWorld Warchanged everything During the Blitz, men set off for work never to return and rows of houses were reduced to rubble overnight Yet the East Enders ability to keep calm and carry on cemented their reputation for cheerful resilienceThey say Hitler killed off the bugs but, along with the slums, the Blitz destroyed a way of life After the war families were scattered some to estates on the edge of London, others to isolated high rise blocks The old East End communities were gone foreverTold by the residents themselves, The War on Our Doorstep is an eye opening, moving and laugh out loud depiction of the history of London s East End and what it means to be an East Ender


10 thoughts on “The War on our Doorstep: London's East End and how the Blitz Changed it Forever

  1. Julie Tulba Julie Tulba says:

    I m very interested in themodern history of London s East End so I was quite excited to read this However, it wasn t really what I was expecting I thought it would be a work of historical non fiction but that the author would have combined the testimonials of former East End residents throughout the years of the Great War, the depression, the Blitz etc for it to flowMore akin to the writing of Erik Larson and Hampton Sides No, each testimonial was completely separate some a few I m very interested in themodern history of London s East End so I was quite excited to read this However, it wasn t really what I was expecting I thought it would be a work of historical non fiction but that the author would have combined the testimonials of former East End residents throughout the years of the Great War, the depression, the Blitz etc for it to flowMore akin to the writing of Erik Larson and Hampton Sides No, each testimonial was completely separate some a few sentences, others a paragraph It just ended up beingtedious to read than anything else I think it would have beenengrossing and interesting if the author had actually combined the testimonials into an actual story


  2. Chris Fellows Chris Fellows says:

    Consisting almost entirely of sentence to paragraph length quotes from interviews with inhabitants of the East End, sorted according to topic and time period, with a minimum of editorial interruption by Ms Salisbury Unless she did in fact make it all up, in which case, I humbly tips me lid I read most of this book at a hearing of the Fair Work Commission while listening to our union witnesses comprehensively demolish the lame line of questioning followed by the boss s lawyers.


  3. Jackie Sykes Jackie Sykes says:

    Good factual readInformational and factual told by people who lived through ww2 from many different cultures If you enjoy reading about a lost era and generations


  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    An informative and enjoyable read, despite me struggling with the way it is written.though this is the way it must be done Fascinating


  5. Kazimiera pendrey Kazimiera pendrey says:

    this book was just great one of the best books of this type i have ever read i would recommend this book to anyone