By Susannah Rickards
In a distinct tackle the London anthology 33 East gains 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 move and alter that trap the uniqueness of every borough and the range of London higher than any digicam. including 33 West, along with tales from Barnet to Croydon, 33 East is an remarkable success. this can be no small feat. this is often London.
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