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The Secret History Of Our Streets - Deptford High Street

You've read Frank's Wild Years (or not). Well it seems the BBC has decided to get in on the act in its 'Secret History Of Our Streets' tonight, 9pm BBC2 with a low down on Deptford High Street. 
Once known as 'the Oxford Street of south London' (seriously, s'what it says) this is the first in a series on London neighbourhoods and of course, right in the heart of Frank's manor. Deemed a slum by the GLC in the early-1960s, loads of the old stuff was levelled in the name of progress.
Expect references to stoic south London, the V2 that wiped Woolworths off the map in November 1944, maybe reference to St Nicholas Church, and plenty of 'no one likes us' defiance in the face of 'what they call progress' and plenty more besides.
For the full lowdown on the programme, click HERE.

Frank's Wild Years On the Road

With the end of the Frank's Wild Years book signing tour in sight, here's a rundown of the events lined up for June. In which Frank finally goes south and there's a return (twice) to the city of steel.
Wednesday 6th June [re-scheduled for Friday 8th June] Radio Humberside interview with Mr James Hoggarth. It's an afternoon slot, around 3pm talking about all things crime-writing, Humber Mouth and beyond. Available on BBC iplayer for a week afterwards.
Saturday 9th June - Book signing at Sheffield Waterstones, Orchard Square 11am. Yes, like all good novels it ends where it began - almost, but with the protagonist slightly battered, having learned something about himself and trying to make sense of what just happened. Feel free to turn up and say hello.

Thursday 21st June - evening session with the now legendary Sheffield WEA writing group, run (I use the term advisedly) by the Crumpmeister, Mr Simon Crump. Looking forward to reading from Frank's Wild Years and talking a…