The Real Eastenders: The History of an Essex and East End Family - Pete Sanders; | Foyles Bookstore
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
The Real Eastenders: The History of an Essex and East End Family
Foyalty 27

The Real Eastenders: The History of an Essex and East End Family (Paperback)

Currently unavailable
Email me when back in stock


When Peter Sanders told his family that he was planning this history there were varying reactions. His Aunt Mary told him 'We all come from the gypsies'. She also told him 'I hope you finish this book before I conk out'. For non-members of the family this is a superb book, the most impressive history of an 'ordinary family' that I have ever read. It has been well worth waiting for . As you read it, the book speaks for itself. The story unfolds in proper chronological order from the beginning to the end, and in every chapter there are new scenes and new relationships. It spans three centuries and, like all histories, ends unfinished. The author knows not only about his own family, but about family history as a whole and the different approaches to it. He is fully aware, therefore, of the bearings of his subject and of the complex relationships between the history of one particular family and of local and national social history. For this reason, then, readers will turn to this book who are interested less in the details of the Sanders family than in the history of Essex and Bethnal Green and of class, politics and religion.

They will learn much, for in dealing with all these topics it is wiser to begin from the ground and work upwards than to look down at the ground from above. The author's own education at Oxford is a kind of indicative landmark in his family's history. When he won a place there to read Greats, his mother was overwhelmed with pride and his father told his friends 'I never thought that one of mine would go there'. For them, education was 'a strange and unfamiliar land, full of signposts to places whose existence and importance they had to take on trust', and when they talked of their own education it was 'as if they were relating their experiences in some remote foreign country which they had visited in their youth and which they had never seen again'. Clearly the experience of Peter Sanders has been quite different. If he had not followed the route he knows so well, this book would most likely never have appeared at all. Throughout emphasis is placed on experience, and the experience encompassed in these pages is broad enough to suggest that although it is an 'ordinary family' which is under review there are several extraordinary features about it.

The evidence is restricted - there are for example, few family photographs - but it is adequate to open many doors that have long since been closed and many windows that for generations have been shuttered. Family history has a future. It thrives on curiosity and it arouses great interest as the forgotten past is recovered. This book is more than a case study. It provides a model for any other family historian seeking to trace the intricate patterns of continuity and change.

Dr Peter Sanders studied African history and literature at Oxford, going on to write several books on the subject. He also spent time at the Ministry of Defence before becoming Chief Executive of the Commission for Racial Equality. He lives in Stansted, Essex.

More books by Pete Sanders

Leave Review

Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.


Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
Free UK Standard Delivery on Orders Over £25 (2nd Class)     3-5 Days
UK Standard Delivery (2nd Class) £2.99 £0.00 3-5 Days
UK 1st Class Delivery £3.99 £0.00 2-3 Days

Click & Collect / 
Delivery to a Foyles Bookshop


Free Free Click and Collect and Delivery to Store is available for all our shops. Collection times will vary depending on availability of items. Individual despatch times for each item will be given at checkout.
Please wait for order arrival confirmation email before making a journey to collect.
UK Courier* £7.95 £0.00 1 Working Day
Western Europe Airmail** £9.00 £1.00 7-8 Days
Rest of World Airmail*** £12.50 £1.00 7-10 Days

* For courier service please contact the Charing Cross Road store

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

*** We are currently unable to delivery to the following countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon, Macao, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Virgin Island US

Given the unfolding situation across Ukraine, with regret we have now suspended orders placed from, or to be delivered to, both Russia and Ukraine. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

For goods delivered outside of the UK, the consignee (ie the person to whom the consignment is sent) will be the declarant and importer into the country for which the consignment is destined. The consignee will be responsible for both customs clearance and payment of customs duties and local taxes where required.

Customs Charges - if you are ordering goods for delivery outside of the UK, please note that your consignment may be subject to VAT (Value Added Tax), other taxes, customs duties and/or fees levied by the destination country. Any such charges levied in relation to customs clearance must be borne by you. It is accepted by you that Foyles has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance. Foyles recommend that you check with your local customs officials or post office for more information regarding importation taxes/duties that may be applicable to your online order.

Delivery Help & FAQs

A Year of Books Subscription Packages 

Delivery is free for the UK. Western Europe costs £60 for each 12 month subscription package purchased. For the Rest of the World the cost is £100 for each package purchased. All delivery costs are charged in advance at time of purchase. For more information please visit the A Year of Books page.

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

Anne (Penguin Monarchs): Last Queen ...
Richard Hewlings
The Shoulders We Stand On: How Black...
Preeti Dhillon
The Royal Wardrobe
Rosie Harte
© W&G Foyle Ltd