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By Susannah Rickards

In a special 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 circulation and alter that seize the uniqueness of every borough and the variety of London larger than any digicam. including 33 West, inclusive of tales from Barnet to Croydon, 33 East is an exceptional fulfillment. this is often no small feat. this can be London.

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