Jewish Book Week: Judith Walkowitz presents 'Nights Out: Life in Cosmopolitan London'

03 March 2013

Yale University Press author Judith Walkowitz presents an introduction to her book Nights Out: Life in Cosmopolitan London as part of Jewish Book Week.

In the years leading up to World War Two, Soho was transformed from a dark proletarian quarter into a mecca of shopping, restaurants and night-life entertainments. Judith Walkowitz looks at the particular contribution of Jews “up West”, from the schleppers of Berwick Street market to the tailors of Savile Row and the musicians of Lyons Corner Houses.

As part of a special Jewish Book Week event Judith Walkowitz will appear in a conversation with social historian Jerry White, discussing her book Nights Out: Life in Cosmopolitan London. Walkowitz brings to life a host of unforgettable characters, revealing how Soho became a showcase for London’s new cosmopolitan identity. Indulgences for the privileged and upwardly mobile edged a dangerous transgressive space that was imagined to be “outside” the nation. East End Jewish girls went up West for a night dancing at the Astoria ballroom, or met at a Lyons Corner House for a meal serenaded by Jewish musicians from eastern Europe.

Judith R. Walkowitz is professor of history at John Hopkins University and a pioneer in the fields of British cultural history, urban studies and women’s history. 

Judith Walkowitz , Chair: Jerry White
Sunday, 3 March 2013 - 5:00pm
Location: Kings Place, Hall 2. 90 York Way, London. N1 9AG
Price: £9.50

This event will have live subtitling for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing visitors provided by Stagetext.
Book here | Buy Nights Out: Life in Cosmopolitan London