An accomplished social history ... lively and absorbing
An emotional encounter with Bow's very tumultuous history
Beautifully written and impeccably researched, Pie and Mash down the Roman Road draws you right into the heart of the vibrant East End community
Brilliant, funny, fascinating. Beautifully written, carefully researched, wonderfully told.
Fascinating insight, a love letter to London. It's very well written, thoroughly researched and a perfect insight into a slice of history, as tasty as the best pie and mash.
Filled with hearty goodness and packed together with care, this book will go down a treat.
Her empathetic ability to inhabit vanished streets and catch authentic voices - at a point when you wonder how much longer they will be around - is rich and compelling
Pacy and breath-taking; Melanie tells it like it is and was. The Roman Road market life is a force to be reckoned with, and I loved every word.
A still point in a turning world . . . a shop front onto the past
Anybody nostalgic about their London roots will love this impressively researched, absorbing gem of a book
Extraordinary and very moving; yet more proof, if proof were needed, that there is no such thing as an ordinary person.