The East End Butcher Boy

By Joe E. Lawrence,

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Joe is a typical 14 year old growing up in Londons East End. His mum gets him a job as a Saturday boy at the local Butchers shop. His life will never be the same again. A story of friendship, loyalty, violence, crime and betrayal. Imagine Goodfellas set in East…

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This coming-of-age memoir takes me back to my early years living in the East End of London in the 1960s, where people were hard up and renowned for ‘ducking and diving’ and dodgy dealings. Joe’s boss Roy had many such deals going on in the back of his butcher’s shop. Over time Joe became aware that Roy sold much more than just meat, and in fact was raking in more money doing shady deals than selling the usual beef, pork, and lamb. Very entertaining!   

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