Lovely review of the guide on The Women's Room blog.
This is the background:
I may have been making trips up and down the country on a Grand Provincial Tour for the last couple of years, but I haven't tired of London. How could I possibly tire of a place I fell in love with before I even saw it, and which has enthralled me ever since my first, never-to-be-forgotten visit when I was 13. I've worked in London, and have lived close to London since my twenties (even when we loved abroad for six years, I got the plane/train back for cultural and shopping weekends whenever possible). I'm in and out of London all the time for work, books, art, architecture, film, food, friends and Tom, Alice and Phoebe. Over the years, I've explored many parts of the city, and some I've come to know and love well.
Shoreditch is one such part, and because I was going there so often, I started making lists of the things I wanted to see, places I wanted to drink coffee, eat freshly baked buns, buy good fruit and veg, find flowers, meet friends, go for a swim. The lists grew and grew, and eventually became a fully-fledged, 116-page guide to this marvellously energetic, diverse, fluid and exciting part of London. It's now the first title in my Capital Tour series.
As with the other Brocket in your Pocket Guides, I'm up against problems with selling it. New EU VAT regulations make selling it as a pdf impossible, publishers very much like the guides but feel they are 'too niche' (or even 'not international enough'. Er, no), and printing and distributing the guides myself would be costly and ultimately unprofitable. So I've decided to give the first three titles, Chichester, Preston and now Shoreditch away for free. You can download the pdf, print it off, and put it in your pocket, so you still get a Brocket in your Pocket.
However, I am loath to put three carefully researched and photographed, beautifully designed guides out into the world for nothing, and I'd much rather someone, somewhere benefitted from them. So in return for taking the guides which would cost up to £8 each if printed, and if you feel inclined, I would be incredibly grateful for a donation to the Trussell Trust which runs foodbanks all over the UK. Think of it as a tin of beans or a box of tea bags or a packet of biscuits. I've already raised over £400 and the Trussell Trust is delighted (as am I), and it's good to know the guides are helping a great cause.
Do get to Shoreditch before it changes. Success breeds success, and developers have realised that Shoreditch has great potential. I've seen 'artists' impressions' of the enormous glass towers they are planning and, if they happen, the unique character of Shoreditch will be lost. For now, though, it's one of the most interesting parts of London and just brilliant for Sundays, baking, buildings, galleries, street art, and lots and lots of coffee.