By Susannah Rickards
In a different tackle the London anthology 33 East good points sixteen fresh brief tales for the entire of east London, from Enfield within the north to Bromley within the south. there's an act of heroism in Havering, a haunting in Tower Hamlets, a plan to thwart the renaming of West Ham station in Newham, and a philosophical method of adultery in Lewisham. those are tales of circulate and alter that catch the uniqueness of every borough and the range of London higher than any digicam. including 33 West, which include tales from Barnet to Croydon, 33 East is an unheard of success. this is often no small feat. this is often London.
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