Brick Lane today is a place of extremes - a street that's constantly reinventing itself. Blending history and reportage with personal testimony and urban myths, and interspersing these with maps and photography, On Brick Lane is a one-of-a-kind chronicle of one of London's most remarkable streets. Bringing to life the memories and realities of Brick Lane's many communities, Rachel Lichtenstein harnesses the voices of the famous, the infamous and the obscure, merging memoir, reportage, poetry, photography and local history. The result is as vibrant and fascinating as the neighbourhood it so movingly celebrates.
Rachel Lichtenstein is an artist and writer, who has lived and worked in East London. She is also a tour guide and gives lectures on the Jewish East End. She is perhaps best known for her book (and personal quest) Rodinsky's Room, a compelling psycho-geographical tour co-written with Iain Sinclair, now considered a classic of its genre.