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Down and Out in Eighteenth-Century London Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Nov 2004

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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Continnuum-3PL; illustrated edition edition (1 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185285281X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852852818
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 859,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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

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This book describes how to beg on the street and at a kitchen door. It takes a pauper’s 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.

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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a really great book. Despite the fact that I don't normally enjoy this kind of book, I was enthralled by the lives and details of the poor in 18th century London. From the tragic (the three year old boy who drowned in a midden) to the triumphant (Paul Patrick Kearney - the arch manipulator of the system), the anecdotes and biographies of the poor, down and out and marginalised are brought to life in this beautifully written book.
This book turned my stereotypical views of the 18th century poor into a detailed understanding of the struggles and ingenuity of people so frequently left out by history.
This is a fascinating read.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Passat on 7 Aug. 2012
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The subject is fascinating but the result - this book - is weak and incomplete, and therefore very disappointing.

The author's approach is that of the academic using primary, but not always objective, sources and building his 'story' around these. Unfortunately this approach becomes tedious and results in a poor example of social history. Characters are introduced, a hint is given of some aspect of their life, usually by quoting from contemporary sources, and that's it! This is effectively the approach adopted throughout the book, which doesn't make for a comfortable or flowing read. The reader is left wanting more, but obviously more doesn't exist because there are no sources (presumably). Where the author tries to expand on a story words such as 'perhaps', 'must have been' and 'probably', etc, etc, predominate.

The author (from a former polytechnic) also makes assumptions that the 21st century reader will be familiar with occupations of the 18th century because he often doesn't explain what some actually entailed. Indeed, some occupations are 'introduced' so suddenly and not necessarily in context that the reader might think they'd missed something!

There are no maps of 18th century London. Again, an omission that lessens the value of the work. In the 100 year period covered, London changed significantly. Indeed, the author may sometimes cite an example from the early part of the century and then, in the same paragraph, jump 40 or 50 years to another! As but one example, in two short consecutive paragraphs the author goes first to 1761, then back to 1705 and then forward again to 1730!
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Brilliant! 31 May 2013
By Christina Westenberger - Published on Amazon.com
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This book takes a look at "beggarly" London in the 18th century, exploring the lives of those ekeing out a meager existence in the largest and greatest city of the 1700's. Tim Hitchcok uses all available resources to explore the topic and creates a full picture of those we know so little about from the past.
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