Pomeranski with author Gerald Jacobs (Readers and Writers Festival 2022)

Gerald Jacobs with his book
Date and time:
Location: Carnegie Library
Cost: Free Neighbourhoods: Brixton, Norwood Category:
  • Readers and Writers Festival

Join Gerald Jacobs and the Friends of Carnegie Library to discuss Pomeranski – a slice of south London life.

Simon Pomeranski looks back to his childhood and the post-war days of the Astorians, a small group of criminals and traders in ‘swag’ who ran their business from Brixton Market and exercised their own particular brand of justice. From this wonderful assortment of characters, we are introduced to ‘Spanish Joe’, the cultured Russian emigre, Sam ‘the Stick’, with his wounded machismo and penchant for violent retribution, and the dazzling songstress Estelle, among others. Front and centre in their world, though, is Benny himself, the autodidact owner of Pomeranski Gowns, whose passionate affair with Estelle marks the beginning of a new era for the Astorians. Both riotous and profound, this novel resurrects a vibrant era that deserves a place in our collective memory.



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