Portobello Road (Hardcover)

Lives of a Neighbourhood

By Julian Mash

Frances Lincoln, 9780711234901, 320pp.

Publication Date: July 25, 2014

List Price: 29.99*
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Description

Designed as a series of snapshots, told through the eyes of those who have lived it, this is the alternative history of a street rich in diversity, full of fascinating voices and unlikely encounters. Portobello Road and the surrounding neighbourhood is perhaps the most important source and barometer of social and cultural change in Britain over the last fifty years. Themes of slumification, gentrification, London as a melting pot, vintage fashion, independent record labels and the life and death of record shops emerge from these street-level accounts of the dealers and DJs, film-makers and fashionistas, punks, politicians, producers and poets who make the street what it is. In four sections covering the market, the music scene, the Carnival and the changing local population, Julian Mash weaves together their extraordinary stories.



About the Author

JULIAN MASH graduated from the University of East Anglia with an MA in Creative Writing in 2011. He spent much of his twenties running a record label and playing in a band before coming to the conclusion that neither activity was beneficial: one lost him money whilst the other was bad for his health. He has lived and worked in and around Portobello Road for the last ten years, half of which was spent working at the Travel Bookshop, a local institution and the inspiration for the bookshop in the film Notting Hill. He now manages the bookshop at the Idler Academy in nearby Westbourne Park, and is Literary Events manager for the End of the Road Festival.


Praise For Portobello Road: Lives of a Neighbourhood

"A wonderful study of this iconic London street."



"elegy for a lost community"

"a charming addition to the canon. ÿThe 'Lives' in the subtitle - a colourful cast of rock stars, bohemians, hustlers and slum landlords - are brought to life in such detail, you can almost smell the jerk chicken."

"a fascinating look at a fascinating part of London"

'... you need this book on your shelf'

`Underneath the veneer of hedge funders, boutiques and gym-fit wives lurk traces of the original Portobello rediscovered by Julian Mash. From the last costermongers in the vegetable market to the antiques traders and music scene, the author uncovers a distinctive world and vibe that could only belong to this street.'

"A wonderful study of this iconic London street."



‘Underneath the veneer of hedge funders, boutiques and gym-fit wives lurk traces of the original Portobello rediscovered by Julian Mash. From the last costermongers in the vegetable market to the antiques traders and music scene, the author uncovers a distinctive world and vibe that could only belong to this street.’



"a charming addition to the canon. ÿThe 'Lives' in the subtitle - a colourful cast of rock stars, bohemians, hustlers and slum landlords - are brought to life in such detail, you can almost smell the jerk chicken."