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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: MILO BOOKS (20 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903854776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903854778
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A grim yet fascinating tour of a squalid underworld.'
-- PROFESSIONAL SECURITY MAGAZINE

'A masterly survey.' (Ancestors Magazine)
-- ANCESTORS MAGAZINE

'A rollicking tale packed with characters and incident.'
-- MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

'Fascinating.' -- IRISH POST

'It's a thought-provoking history and sociology punctuated by passages that would grace a well-written thriller. Highly recommended.' -- FAMILY HISTORY MONTHLY

'This is a great collection of stories and fascinating social history.' -- YOUR FAMILY TREE

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Grace Poole on 29 Oct 2008
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Great book, this one, on the Victorian Underworld of Manchester. Couldn't put it down, yet it would be easy to dip in and out of if you wish. I like the way the book is divided up into sections. Crime, Squalor, Criminals, Conmen, Pubs, Killers, Police, etc.

Quite a lot of names are mentioned. There was no index which bothered me at first as I couldn't look up if my Police Superintendent ancestor was mentioned (he wasn't unfortunately). But it is such a good book and effortless to read that I couldn't put it down anyway and got through it in a couple of days.

Very entertaining in parts, particularly the Conmen and how they worked the streets of Manchester! Some good social history on the squalor and deprivation of the city and how it led to crime in Victorian times.

Seems like crime was just as big a part of the city as it is today; just different!

Good read. Gripping little book!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Kearns on 17 Jun 2008
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Having left my native Manchester some 30 years ago, I was intrigued to come across Joseph O'Neill's "Crime City", a book about Manchester's Victorian underworld.

After some deliberation I decided to buy the book. I was not disappointed.

The author transports you back to the streets of Manchester during the 1800's. He recreates the atmosphere in graphic detail and explores every crime, con and scam imaginable which were prevalent during this period.

It is clear that the book has been painstakingly researched and O'Neill skilfully examines the issues raised by crime from the villain to the policeman's point of view.

I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in history, crime and punishment and for those wishing to learn about the underworld of the Victorian era.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Hughes on 19 Oct 2009
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Easy to read, informative and entertaining. Couldn't put it down. Would happily recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Corfield-maddison on 7 Jun 2009
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this is the third book from amazon on the topography of victorian manchester. it has proved excellent in my research into the sociological aspects of this period
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A-Classy-Lady on 19 July 2013
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Crime whether old or new is still very much about one's upbringing, not necessarily about the haves and have not’s as crime spreads right through from the affluent to the most poorest, I guess they just like to call it a different name and hand out different sentences depending on who, where and what!

The book was a great read and rather riveting that kept me turning the pages and wanting to learn more.

For real fans of True Crime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ebee on 14 Nov 2012
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recommend by a friend great read, gives information of crime from the past and punishment of crime, speedy delivery, well packed no problems here, title has been passed on thank you
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