Melanie McGrath was born in Essex, and is the author of critically acclaimed, bestselling non-fiction about the East End of London (Silvertown and Hopping). She can trace her family back 300 years in the East End and City of London. As MJ McGrath and Mel McGrath she writes fiction. Her Edie Kiglatuk Arctic mysteries have been twice longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger award. She has written two London-based psychological thrillers, Give Me the Child and (forthcoming) The Hookup. She also writes for the national press and is a regular broadcaster on radio. Her work is published in twenty languages. Melanie lives and works in London.
Filled with hearty goodness and packed together with care, this book will go down a treat - Evening StandardHer empathetic ability to inhabit vanished streets and catch authentic voices - at a point when you wonder how much longer they will be around - is rich and compelling - SpectatorExtraordinary and very moving; yet more proof, if proof were needed, that there is no such thing as an ordinary person. - Julian FellowesBrilliant, funny, fascinating. Beautifully written, carefully researched, wonderfully told. - Danny WallaceBeautifully written and impeccably researched, Pie and Mash down the Roman Road draws you right into the heart of the vibrant East End community - Rosie Hendry, author of the East End Angels seriesA still point in a turning world . . . a shop front onto the past - Mail on SundayAn emotional encounter with Bow's very tumultuous history - Roman Road LDNAn accomplished social history ... lively and absorbing - Who Do You Think You Are? magazine