A Double Thread: A Childhood in Mile End - And Beyond

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John Gross was the son of a Jewish doctor who practised in Mile End at the time of WW2. His parents were the children of immigrants, steeped in the language and traditions of a European past, yet outside the home he grew up in a very English world of schools and books. Looking back on his childhood he reflects on this double inheritance. The richness of Yiddish words, the rituals of religion set against the daily life of the East End, where gangsters were heroes and patients turned up on the doorstep at all hours. Yet in the background lies the shadow of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. A Double Thread is a marvellously vivid picture of a lost London and a vanished culture but it is also the story of an imaginative boy discovering his own path, through books andfilms and school - away from the East End into the new freedoms of a literary life.

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"An elegy for the vanished world of East End Jewry, and, more unconventionally, for that of the literary essay - because, at its best, A Double Thread is less a book than an extended essay of the kind that has all but disappeared from English letters" ( New Statesman)

"Gross's nostalgia for the Jewish East End -- the Yiddish newspapers that his father read but he could not, the synagogue that, on a recent visit, he discovers is a Sikh temple -- is interwoven with a nuanced evocation of England in the era of rationing and bomb shelters" ( New Yorker)

"Intelligent, humane, highly civilized... the voice we hear not only holds our attention but also wins our affection and respect" ( Los Angeles Times)

"John Gross's ambition is to evoke the lost world of Anglo-Yiddishkeit, the matrix of modern Anglo-Jewishness. This he has done lucidly, tenderly, and with good humor. Gross has succeeded in writing an essential book, which, much more than merely loving and nostalgic, is analytically sophisticated with an unerring eye for telling detail" (Anthony Rudolph Jewish Chronicle)

"John Gross has woven a tapestry of subtle contrasts and quiet charm. Relishing his `mixed inheritance', he draws the best from each of his two worlds, doubly enriched. Reading his memoir, I recalled the words of the Jewish poet Paul Celan: `I drink wine from two glasses" (Theo Richmond Evening Standard)

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Full of striking characters and odd encounters, this is an evocative picture of a lost London and a vanished culture, but it is also the story of a bookish boy discovering his own path – away from Mile End into the new freedoms of the literary life. Amusing, touching and thoughtful, A Double Thread is a fascinating and unusual memoir of growing up in London’s East End and a profound reflection on living with two separate yet entwined legacies, Jewish and English.

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