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    • Publication date:22 Mar 2018
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Pie and Mash Down the Roman Road

100 years of love and life in one East End market

By Melanie McGrath

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This is the story of the Roman Road, an East End pie and mash shop and the lives and loves of the people who have worked and eaten there.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE HWA NON-FICTION CROWN 2018

'Filled with hearty goodness and packed together with care, this will go down a treat' Evening Standard

'Rich and compelling' Spectator

'an accomplished social history ... lively and absorbing' Who Do You Think You Are?

The fascinating history of an iconic East End institution from the bestselling author of Silvertown, Melanie McGrath.

G Kelly's Pie and Mash has been run by the same family in the Roman Road in Bow for nearly a hundred years; an East End institution and the still point of a turning world. Outside its windows the Roman Road has seen an extraordinary revolution - from women's liberation and industrialisation to wars and immigration - and yet at its heart it remains one of the last traditional market roads of London.

Pie and Mash down the Roman Road is the biography of that shop and of the people - customers, suppliers, employees, owners - who passed through it, and continue to do so. Through vivid tales of ordinary lives the book tells the extraordinary story of the community living around the oldest trading route in Britain, and the true heart of the East End.

Biographical Notes

Melanie McGrath was born in Essex, and is the author of critically acclaimed, bestselling non-fiction (Silvertown and The Long Exile) and won the John Llewelyn-Rhys/Mail on Sunday award for Best New British and Commonwealth Writer under 35, for her first book Motel Nirvana. She writes for the national press and is a regular broadcaster on radio. She writes fiction as M.J. McGrath, and her first novel in the Edie Kiglatuk series: White Heat was longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award and was followed by The Boy in the Snow. The Bone Seeker is the third book in the series. Melanie lives and works in London.

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  • ISBN: 9781473641976
  • Publication date: 07 Feb 2019
  • Page count: 256
  • Imprint: Two Roads
Filled with hearty goodness and packed together with care, this book will go down a treat. — Evening Standard
Her empathetic ability to inhabit vanished streets and catch authentic voices - at a point when you wonder how much longer they will be around - is rich and compelling — Spectator
An emotional encounter with Bow's very tumultuous history — Roman Road LDN
A still point in a turning world . . . a shop front onto the past — Mail on Sunday
an accomplished social history ... lively and absorbing — Who Do You Think You Are? magazine
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