The Stepney Doorstep Society: The remarkable true story of the women who ruled the East End through war and peace (Themes In British Social History)

The Stepney Doorstep Society: The remarkable true story of the women who ruled the East End through war and peace (Themes In British Social History)

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The unsung and remarkable stories of the women who held London's East End together during not one, but two world wars.

Meet Minksy, Gladys, Beatty, Joan, Girl Walker . . .

While the men were at war, these women ruled the streets of the East End. Brought up with firm hand in the steaming slums and teeming tenements, they struggled against poverty to survive, and fought for their community in our country's darkest hours.

But there was also joy to be found. From Stepney to Bethnal Green, Whitechapel to Shoreditch, the streets were alive with peddlers and market stalls hawking their wares, children skipping across dusty hopscotch pitches, the hiss of a gas lamp or the smell of oxtail stew. You need only walk a few steps for a smile from a neighbour or a strong cup of tea.

From taking over the London Underground, standing up to the Kray twins and crawling out of bombsites, The Stepney Doorstep Society tells the vivid and moving stories of the matriarchs who remain the backbone of the East End to this day.
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'An importance glimpse into a vanishing world' Sunday Express

'Inspiring tales of courage in the face of hardship' Mail on Sunday

'Crammed full of fascinating stories' BBC 2 Steve Wright

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  • Maureen

    This is a memoir that takes a fascinating peek into the lives of London’s East End women, both during peacetime and throughout the dark days of the Second World War.Join the unsung women who not onl...

  • Paula Bardell-Hedley

    “The Blitz was Hitler’s attempt to bring Britain to heel. He believed it would have such a devastating effect on civilian morale that the Government would be forced to negotiate peace terms. Bu...

  • Hannah Ashton

    Not my usual choice but absolutely LOVED it!I never write reviews, but felt compelled to write one for this book. I love history, especially British Women's history and this is why I was drawn to this...

  • Kelly Furniss

    A very interesting insight through memoirs in to the lives of London's East End women before, during and after the Second World War. Such diverse chapters, some were horrifying and others quite uplift...

  • Denise

    What a thoroughly enjoyable book to anyone interested in life in wartime Britain. The Stepney Doorstop Society is a fascinating read is based on first hand accounts from women of the East End and a gr...

  • Heather Copping

    This is no story but very true real life accounts of life in the East End of London. Several accounts will stay with me for a long time. Girl Walkers evacuation recollections, things were not as rosy ...

  • Karen

    This is a wonderful book about five central women who were the ‘backbone of their tight-knit matriarchies’. In a world consumed by money, greed, social media and instant gratification, it was refr...

  • Jessica

    This book is eye opening & a book I couldn’t put down from the second I started it. It takes you back to a time of war and suffering. It allows you to understand how war effected not just men, but c...

  • Fiona

    A fascinating insight into the lives of London’s East End women, before, during and after the Second World War. Clearly, a well researched account and written in very accessible language, this book ...

  • Shreedevi Gurumurty

    A powerful story of the unsung, remarkable women who held London's East End together during two World Wars. Minsky, Gladys,Beatty,Joan, Girl Walker.While the men were at war,these women ruled the stre...