Acre of Barren Ground
From prize-winning author Jeremy Gavron, a groundbreaking blend of fiction, history and archaeology uncovering the story of one street: Brick Lane.
At number 30 the victim of a savage serial killer is found, and Inspector Abberline wonders whether he’ll ever find the murderer they’re calling Jack. At number 41 a man tries to hide his family in the shadows of a ruined London; 1500 years later, a gangster plays out the same story. At 246 a mammoth dies, and long afterwards, a giant’s thighbone is discovered. Bangladeshis, Jews, Huguenots, brewers, soldiers, farmers and medieval monks – men on the run and families determined to make a new home. Each has come to Brick Lane. Each has left its ghosts.