British civilian in Hackney, London 1917-1983: education, career as journalist and novelist
REEL 1 Family background in Hackney, east London, England, 1917-1945: family accommodation; buying house in Stoke Newington and subletting; parents' work; Shacklewell Lane School and winning scholarship to Hackney Downs secondary school; social position of Foulden Road residents; street games; evening trips to countryside; street football teams; seeing street 'grotto' in east London; opinion of schools and education received; percentage of Jewish children at school.
REEL 2 Family background and childhood in Hackney, east London 1917-1945: telling stories in street; reading and public libraries; quality of teaching at Hackney Downs; desire to write; early employment and joining Labour League of Youth; writing LLY journal and later career in journalism. Post war career in London 1945-1983: post war novels and therapeutic effect of writing own novel; author Ashley Smith and discussion of other post war writers.
REEL 3 Post war career as writer in London 1945-1983: recollections of other post war writers; discussion of own novels and autobiographical elements; influence of family home in writing; themes of other novels including Spanish Civil War. Life in Hackney, east London during 1930s: volunteering for Spanish Civil War 1938; rejection as under age; politics in east London during 1930s; opinion of Hackney working class people; local people's contributions to Spain.
REEL 4 Life in Hackney, east London during 1930s: rent strikes and fascism.