Curious Golders Green

ISBN: 9781910170311

Format: Paperback, 106 pages,

Forthcoming (Due: June 2020)


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Book details

At the dawn of the twentieth century, Golders Green was not much more than a crossroads surrounded by fields. Then the Northern Line arrived in 1907, and everything changed. An idyllic suburb quickly emerged, drawing thousands to its clean air and smart new homes.

Fast-forward a hundred years or so – today Golders Green is a bustling transportation hub, and well-known for its reputation as a significant place of settlement for Jewish Londoners. But it’s also a landscape filled with remarkable stories. Take a tour with Alan Dein as he visits some thirty buildings to unearth many previously untold tales about rock ‘n’ roll, religious orthodoxy and secularism, fishmongers and thespians, ballerinas and Olympians, haunted pubs and modernist buildings and even Golders Green’s very own slum...

About the Author

Alan Dein is an oral historian and radio broadcaster. He has presented documentary features for BBC Radio for over twenty years, and he has received major radio awards including the Prix Italia and the US Third Coast. He’s a long-standing committee member of the Oral History Society. Alan’s late grandparents were all Jewish East Enders who’d moved to Golders Green – and they never quite understood why he’d decided to head eastwards back to his roots. But they’d be pleased to know that he’s now returned to live in Golders Green...