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    In Camden Town was written in the 1980 s by journalist writer David Thomson, an Irish man who moved to Camden during the 1950 s The Camden he shows us is not the over developed tourist trap we are presented with today,it is Camden of yesteryear, when the character was genuine, not painted over and added as an after thought later The first thing you realise as soon as you start reading this book is that the writer is showing us a very real place with very real people, these are not to be confused with the pretty people who moved in once it had been sanitised, these are the real people before they were tidied away, who dwelt literally on the streets, who s homes were on park benches who s cheer came out of bottles passions were often punctuated by the odd black eye This book was not written in a patronising way, it was written compassionately, often touching, there are stories within stories, a book of layers, which could have become quite messy but seem rather apt for the subject matter and he draws some very fine comparisons between those dwelling in their smart town houses and those literally in the gutter.There is a crumbling, Victorian derelict Dickensian element to both the place and its starkly contrasted inhabitants, the line between those who have and have not is less blurred very apparent As I am extremely familiar with a lot of the streets he walks, it strikes a very personal cord with me, as he s walking past buildings my great grand parents lived worked in, talking about places I can remember, now long gone I remember well the winos and dossers hanging around, far in number than there are today, but I m ashamed to say I walked past them, avoided them like everyone else did, where as he treated them with far respect and gave them his time.In reviewing this book it has been impossible to do so without drawing comparisons to the Camden of his book and the Camden I have known since the early 1980 s, just as he compares within its pages,the Camden of years before with the Camden of his timeFor me this was a very good book.

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    This book is a little gem I found it in the second hand bookshop at Camden Lock, but it feels like this book found me David Thomas delightful portrayal of the life and characters of Camden Town, his way with words and descriptions of the many characters that enriched his years in Camden is so beautifully depicted that I feel as though I lived those years with him He speaks of the history, the impact of the coming of the railway, the awful poverty and terrible loneliness of some of its now long gone residents, but he does so with pathos and humour His portrayals of the market traders, the plight of the homeless and their daily rituals endearing drunks Davy and Mary with their quaint, humorous personalities are depicted with a photo real quality I could not put this book down, and even carried it with me when I had no chance of reading it, just so I knew it was there with me When I go to Camden Town the words of this book will be there with me always If you like the history of the People and Places of London, if you have feelings about the atmosphere of Camden Town that you cannot explain, please give this book a try I will be reading anything else that David Thomas has written just to FEEL and experience the beauty of his writing.

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