"this sympathetic, lively study" The Telegraph, 1 January 2005 "This is an impressive tribute to the forgotten existences of the criers, hawkers, link boys, chimney sweeps, cinder sifters and mudlarks who occupied the lowest rungs in the city's social ladder" --The Sunday Times, February 20, 2005
From the Author
This book describes how to beg on the street and at a kitchen door. It takes a paupers eye view of eighteenth-century British social policy its workhouses and prisons. It explores the experience of making a living on the streets of London as a prostitute and in the innumerable pauper professions of the capital. In the process it creates a new and distinct vision of both social policy and the cultures of the poor, suggesting in turn that our understanding of the period needs to be reassessed in light of the actions and opinions of the poor.