A Double Thread

A Double Thread

by John Gross

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A Double Thread by John Gross

A touching memoir of a Jewish-English childhood in 1940s East End London.

John Gross is the son of a Jewish doctor who practiced in East End London from the 1920s to WW2 and later. His parents were the children of immigrants, steeped in the customs and traditions of Eastern Europe, yet outside the home he grew up in the very English world of comics and corner shops, sandbags and bombsites. Looking back on his childhood with humour and insight, he reflects on his double inheritance. The richness of Yiddish words, the rituals and mysteries of the synagogue are set against the life of the streets, where boxers and gangsters are heroes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780701163303
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
Publication date: 05/22/2001
Pages: 189
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Gross is theatre critic of the Sunday Telegraph. His previous books include The Rise and Fall of the Man of Letters and the widely acclaimed Shylock: Four Hundred Years in the Life of a Legend. He lives in London, several miles from the East End.

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