I woke up to a very nice surprise, which was an unexpected, long and thoughtful review of the book in Standpoint, a magazine which I did not necessarily expect to review it (http://standpointmag.co.uk/books-may-2017-east-london-charles-saumarez-smith-marc-jordan). The review is by Marc Jordan, who, as he reveals, lives in one of the finer terraces in Hackney and who I once met, long ago, outside our house in Limehouse doing just what I like doing – snooping about. He makes the entirely legitimate point that my book is more about the new East End, rather than the old. There are two reasons for this, both of which he recognises: the first is that every east end bookshop is groaning with books of memories about the old east end (I hadn’t realised that Marc’s father was a Whitechapel boy); the second is that most of the books about the east end are hostile to gentrification, whereas I am, as is obvious and as is he, a part of it. Anyway, the book could not have a nicer send-off on its publication day.