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Jeannette Winterson’s fruit and veg shop


Author Jeannette Winterson is the fruit and veg gaffer of Spitalfields in London. This is a truly interesting piece of writing from Winterson.

When I first came to Spitalfields in 1990, the Ten Bells pub was still an all-nighter, and about four in the morning, when the market was in full swing loading up for the coming day, the place would be packed with night workers. Tarts off-shift used to come in for a gin and a bag of veg. Market porters had a pint of beer and a round of figs. It was strange, because among the drunk, the destitute, the damned, the disguised celebrities, con men and crooks were the market men who always seemed to bring their fruit and veg with them. There was one who drank Guinness and ate raw onions. He said they were better than antibiotics.

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