Do you remember the West End of London during the 1950s? Did you live or work there? If so, I want to hear from you ...
This was the advertisement author Pip Granger placed in a local newspaper, and the response was immediate. Soon she was hearing from people who recalled what it was like when sweets were rationed; from families who'd been bombed out of their homes during the Blitz; from men who'd worked in the flower markets of Covent Garden; and from the son of a family of immigrants who'd opened one of the very first delicatessens in Soho. All had extraordinary stories to tell.
Based on the author's own memories and dozens of interviews and written testimonies, Up West evokes a unique and vibrant community, and a way of life that is vanishing fast.
London's West End has always been bestselling author Pip Granger's spiritual home. While still a baby, she and her father would haunt Soho's bars, cafe's, and bookshops. When he moved to Old Compton Street, she and her family lived above the 2I's Cafe, which allowed her to experience this cosmopolitan community as an insider. She is the author of four novels, all set in Soho. Her autobiography, Alone, was a Sunday Times bestseller,