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John Gross was theatre critic of the Sunday Telegraph and a former editor of the Times Literary Supplement. For a number of years he was also a staff writer for the New York Times, in New York. His other works include the classic study The Rise and Fall of the Man of Letters, and the widely acclaimed Shylock: Four Hundred Years in the Life of a Legend and he edited several anthologies, among them The Oxford Book of Essays and The Oxford Book of English Prose. He died in 2011.

Books by John Gross

A Double Thread

Full of striking characters and odd encounters, this is an evocative picture of a lost London and a vanished culture, but it is also the story of a bookish boy discovering his own path - away from Mile End into the new freedoms of the literary life. Amusing, touching and thoughtful, A Double Thread is a fascinating and unusual memoir of growing up in London's East End and a profound reflection on living with two separate yet entwined legacies, Jewish and English.

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