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Salaam Brick Lane : A Year in the East End (John Murray Publishers, 2005)

Tarquin HALL

Tarquin Hall is a British writer and journalist. He was born in London, 1969, to an English father and American mother. Hall has spent much of his adult life away from the United Kingdom, living in the United States, Pakistan, India, Kenya and Turkey, and travelling extensively in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. He is the author of three books and dozens of articles that have appeared in many British newspapers, including the Times, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Observer and New Statesman. He has also worked in TV news and is a former South Asia bureau chief of Associated Press TV. His chosen subject matter has proven extraordinarily diverse. He has written features on Wilfred Thesiger, Texan rattlesnake hunters, the Taliban and British-Asian Urdu poets. Hall’s exclusive reports include a profile on Emma McCune, an English woman who married Southern Sudanese guerilla commander Riek Machar, the draining of Iraq’s marshes by Saddam Hussein, and a one-on-one with former Kurdish PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan in a Syrian safehouse.
Hall’s books have received wide acclaim in the British press. His second, To the Elephant Graveyard was heralded by Christopher Matthew in the Daily Mail as "a classic". His third, Salaam Brick Lane, was described by Kevin Rushby in The Guardian as "charming, brilliant, affectionate and impassioned."
Hall currently divides his time between the UK and India. He is married to BBC reporter and presenter Anu Anand.

In french
The Tarquin Hall’s website

Bibliography :

  • Salaam Brick Lane : A Year in the East End (John Murray Publishers, 2005)
  • To the Elephant Graveyard (John Murray, 2000)
  • Mercenaries, Missionaries and Misfits : Adventures of an Under-age Journalist (Muncaster Press, 1995)

A summury of Salaam Brick Lane : A Year in the East End :

Salaam Brick Lane provides a rare view of London’s underbelly, providing an insight that no other contemporary account has achieved. Hall meets and befriends an extraordinary cast of characters and it his keen observation and sympathetic eye that makes the book such an enthralling read. There’s Mr. Ali, his freeloading slum landlord who runs a sweatshop in the basement ; Sadiy, the cantankerous Jewish widow downstairs who hides a painful secret ; the Afghan searching for his brother, lost on the journey from Pakistan ; Chalky, an eel poacher who sells hooky gear in the Sunday market ; Mrs. Abdul Haq, the estate agent’s cloistered wide who is suddenly plunged into independence when her controlling husband drops dead ; and Naziz, the former Bangladeshi gang member who has turned his back on crime and spends his days in the depths of the Whitechapel Library, once known to the East End Jews as the University of the Poor. As unlikely chast of characters as you ever likely to find — all from very different backgrounds with no apparent connection to one another, but all neighbours living on or around the extraordinary street that is Brick Lane.