Linda Wilkinson

Linda Wilkinson


Linda Wilkinson was born on Columbia Road, in east London, and attended Central Foundation Grammar School, Spitalfields. After working in the field haematology in the laboratories of the Royal Free and Whitechapel hospitals, Linda moved into medical research, becoming the scientist and manager in charge of the Rheumatology Unit at University College London. Here she worked with Professor Jo Edwards and his team on experiments which led to the identification of the cells which line the human joint, opening the way to future targeted therapies for arthritis. Her involvement with HIV and its consequences led Linda to be involved with lobbying bodies such as Stonewall and Amnesty International, of which she was the UK chair for six years. In 2001 she and her partner were the first to sign the Greater London Authority’s Partnership Register, which paved the way for same sex marriage. Since retirement Linda has focused on writing, local history and creative community work. She still lives in Bethnal Green.



Like you were there too

“Linda Wilkinson can transport you right to the heart of her memoirs ,like you were there too. A gifted writer. I had a great connection to how she cared for Clara her Great Aunt. Linda YOU were THERE, you did all you could. We all have a’ Clara’ in our lives, we look out for them, its all you can do. Rest in Peace Clara darling. A book not to be missed.”

Linda A

Outstanding memoir of the east end

“Beautifully written, engaging and evocative look at the East End from the 50s onwards. Linda has a fluent, easy style which draws a vivid picture of the world she grew up in and how it called her back. You can almost smell the sawdust on the floor of the pie & mash shop. Whether you are familiar with the places she talks about or not, you will feel you are right there, as a fly on the wall.”


“A book to be savoured: visceral, vivid and poignant. I could smell many flavours of the street, and slowed my reading down to relish them. Linda is a bridge between the old East End and the new; her book spans history and cuts through it, revealing layers of time which I still sense in certain parts of London, especially Columbia Road.”

Louise A

“I have been taken back to the streets I grew up in, I could smell and hear and feel that life around me again. Linda shares her journey ,through her personal and professional life, writing vividly and fluently, we travel with her until she comes home again.”