Two thousand years of English history in one neighbourhood
Dan Cruickshank is an architectural historian and television presenter. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a member of the Executive Committee of the Georgian Group, and on the Architectural Panel of the National Trust. His recent work includes the BBC television programmes Civilisation Under Attack (2015) and At Home with the British (2016), and the books A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings (2015) and Spitalfields (2016). He lives in London.
"Genial, erudite and companionable . . . this heroic and heartfelt
book caps a career devoted to [Spitalfields'] heritage." *
"With beguiling erudition, TV historian and local resident Cruickshank tells the story of Spitalfields from Roman times to today . . . This is people's history at its tastiest." * Sunday Express *
"A passionate, scholarly energy and involvement with every era of the district's long history come off Spitalfields' pages . . . Absorbing detail." * Times Literary Supplement *
"Cruickshank writes perceptively and honestly . . . As well as being a fascinating account of a unique area of London, Spitalfields is a timely warning that helps us to appreciate what the city and country risk losing." * Country Life *
"Dan Cruickshank bores into the rich history of Spitalfields, the area of east London where he has lived for decades." -- Rowan Moore, Best Books of 2016 * Observer *