RELAUNCH SPITALFIELDS LIFE BOOKS

by thegentleauthor in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

RELAUNCH SPITALFIELDS LIFE BOOKS

Total raised £35,690

raised so far

309

supporters

We elevate and celebrate the CULTURES OF THE EAST END through publishing GOOD QUALITY BOOKS at affordable prices

by thegentleauthor in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 24th October 2023 we'd raised £35,110 with 305 supporters in 38 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

If we exceed our target we can move forward with publishing more books


Starting in 2013 with The Gentle Author's London Album, Spitalfields Life Books published 15 books over 6 years until the pandemic shut us down. Now we are ready to start again and we are inspired by a string of new titles that are all set to go if we can raise £35,000 to relaunch.

This money will go a long way towards covering the design, printing and promotion of our next three books, and income from sales of these will permit us to publish more. We print within Europe on paper from sustainable sources and we have established relationships with booksellers and distributors. Almost all copies of our previous titles have sold out.

Take a look at our future plans and consider our phenomenal publishing record.

3 BOOKS WE WANT TO PUBLISH NOW

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A PLACE TO LIVE: ENDURANCE & JOY IN THE EAST END 1971-87

David Hoffman’s bold, humane photography records a lost decade, speaking vividly to our own times. Living in Whitechapel through the 70s, David documented homelessness, racism, the incursion of developers and the rise of protest in startlingly intimate and compassionate pictures to compose a vital photographic testimony of resilience.

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"The old East End was disappearing as I took these photographs, being able to bring back a glimpse of its spirit in this book means a lot to me." David Hoffman

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TESSA HUNKIN & HACKNEY MOSAIC PROJECT

Tessa Hunkin and Hackney Mosaic Project have created breathtakingly beautiful and witty mosaics in locations all across the East End over the past ten years. In the process, Tessa has won the reputation as the pre-eminent mosaic designer in this country while leading a community endeavour that has elevated the lives of hundreds of participants.

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“A beautiful book about Hackney Mosaic Project will be the best reward for all the people who have worked on the mosaics, bringing their achievement to a wider public and giving them the recognition they so well deserve.” Tessa Hunkin

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WOMEN AT WORK IN THE EAST END OF LONDON 1992-2023

Sarah Ainslie celebrates the contribution of female labour over the past thirty years in exuberant portraits that capture the passion and struggle of the working life. Drawn from Sarah’s personal archive and her work as Spitalfields Life Contributing Photographer, this is a panoramic survey of social change.

“It means so much to me and will be an important recognition of all the women I have photographed over the years for this book to be published by Spitalfields Life Books, a perfect home for it.” Sarah Ainslie

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Beyond these titles, we are co-publishing a limited edition of The Gentle Author's short story ON CHRISTMAS DAY with Burley Fisher and compiling a monograph of Markéta Luskačová’s photographs of Spitalfields for future publication. 

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Photograph by Markéta Luskačová, Cheshire St 1979

15 BOOKS WE HAVE ALREADY PUBLISHED

We are emboldened by the great success of our books to date. Here are a few important titles we published that celebrate the cultures of the East End.

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In EAST END VERNACULAR, we published the first 20th century art history of the East End and we followed it with DOREEN FLETCHER: PAINTINGS, elevating the work of a major artist who had been unjustly neglected.

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Clockwise: Still Standing, Pharmacy Commercial Rd, Hotdog Stand in Mile End Park and Royal London Hospital.

“When my monograph was published by Spitalfields Life Books it was very well received and the edition sold out quickly. I reached an audience I would never have encountered otherwise and those who already held my work gave it more prominence in their collections. The publication made a huge difference to my life and I am very appreciative of the immense support of The Gentle Author.” Doreen Fletcher

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In A MODEST LIVING by Suresh Singh, we published the first biography of a London Sikh, described the Observer as ‘a timely reminder of all that modern Britishness encompasses.’

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Photograph of Suresh Singh and Jagir Kaur by Patricia Niven

"Jagir Kaur and I loved working with The Gentle Author on our book, TGA listened and cherished each word of our story giving us wisdom of layout, images and design" Suresh Singh AKA 'The Cockney Sikh’

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We have championed and celebrated the previously unknown photography of Horace Warner (SPITALFIELDS NIPPERS), Colin O’Brien (LONDON LIFE), John Claridge (EAST END) and Bob Mazzer (UNDERGROUND). 

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Published 2015

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Published 2017

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Published 2014

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“It was a complete joy to have my first book published by Spitalfields Life Books, and having the wise guidance and swift, brilliant decision-making of The Gentle Author at every turn.” Eleanor Crow

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'Could hardly be bettered' The Times

'Real narrative verve' Evening Standard

'Deserves to become a standard work' TLS

Julian Woodford was appointed as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society on the basis of his ground-breaking history.

“Working with Spitalfields Life Books was a joy from start to finish. Experts in editing, design, production and publicity worked together seamlessly, but the real differentiator was a genuine collective desire to produce a beautiful book. In this they succeeded magnificently and the excitement of seeing the first copy will live with me forever.” Julian Woodford

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Published 2013

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Published 2014

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Published 2018

"This small, beautiful book is an elegy to companionship. Encompassing both the everyday and the profound, it should be judged no less valid for the fact that the friend in question is a cat." Times Literary Supplement

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Published 2019

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Published 2013

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Published 2015

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Published 2018

‘This book will provide even the most unaccustomed of map readers with hours of entertainment and intrigue’ Independent

‘The artist has a keen eye for pop culture and absurdity, which gives each artwork an unexpected zing’ Matthew Oldham, World of Interiors

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Published 2017

 ‘Zola without the trimmings.’ The Observer

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Published 2015 

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£1,000 or more

Patron

At Christmas, we send you a personally inscribed copy of The Gentle Author's short story ON CHRISTMAS DAY. You can also pick a signed print by Doreen Fletcher (subject to numbers) AND a signed print by Sarah Ainslie or David Hoffman - all from the images opposite. NEXT YEAR we invite you to the launch parties for our next 3 books to present you with signed copies and our thanks, and print your name in the front of each title as a patron.

£200 or more

Friend

At Christmas, we send you a personally inscribed copy of The Gentle Author's short story ON CHRISTMAS DAY as a gesture of thanks. NEXT YEAR, we invite you to the exhibition and launch party for David Hoffman's book and present you with a signed copy.

£500 or more

Supporter

At Christmas, we send you a personally inscribed copy of The Gentle Author's short story ON CHRISTMAS DAY as a gesture of thanks. You can ALSO pick a signed print by Sarah Ainslie OR David Hoffman - from the images opposite. NEXT YEAR, we invite you to the launch parties for David Hoffman's book and Hackney Mosaic's book to present you with signed copies, and we print your name in each book as a supporter.

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