Working Lives Vol. Two: Hackney 1945 – 77
This is a great little book produced by Centerprise, written by ‘A People’s Autobiography of Hackney’ it features the day to day lives of people living and working in Hackney in the 1970’s: a Taxi driver, Cleaner, Mortuary Technician, Barber, Social Worker, Chip Shop Owner, Teacher, Postie etc. My favourite chapter is the one on Lew Lessen, a barber in Shacklewell Lane who used to cut my Granddad’s hair (what hair he had). Lew’s barber chair and mirror are currently on display in The Hackney Museum. The book has some great B&W photographs throughout and you should be able to pick it up at a reasonable secondhand price on Amazon.