Rachel Lichtenstein


On the night of the summer solstice I made my way to Hermitage Moorings just east of London’s Tower Bridge. There were about a dozen other vessels in the harbour when I arrived, tugs and Thames Barges mainly, which had all been lovingly restored by a community of passionate enthusiasts.

Diamonds in the Dark

'It is a secret, private, hidden world that operates under a strict set of unspoken internal laws: never screw a partner and once a deal is done it is a 'mazen brucha' and it must be adhered to.'

Rachel Lichtenstein

Rachel Lichtenstein is the author of Rodinsky's Room, which she co-authored with Iain Sinclair, Rodinsky's Whitechapel, Keeping Pace: Older Women of the East End, A Little Dust Whispered, On Brick Lane, and Diamond Street: The Hidden World of Hatton Garden. She trained as a sculptor, and has exhibited her work in several British and international venues, including the Whitechapel Gallery, the Barbican, the British Library, Woodstreet Galleries in Pittsburgh in the USA, and the Jerusalem Theatre in Israel. From 2002 to 2004, she was the British Library's first Pearson Creative Research Fellow. Her latest book is Estuary.