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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hambledon Continuum; First Edition edition (10 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847252427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847252425
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 625,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Drew Gray s book is a fine addition to the literature on urban history at a time when we were learning to live in large communities and experimenting with different ways of doing so. --History Today

A scholarly work, drawing on a wide range of sources, but it s also very readable. It provides a welcome and sensible counterbalance to the endless titles about ripperology with its focus on the grim realities of life in London s poorer quarters at the time. --Your Family Tree

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Dr Drew D. Gray is a lecturer at the University of Northampton. His research centres on the social history of London in the long eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This is his first book.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Jan. 2012
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A fascinating insight into London during the Ripper reign. Not filled with usual sensationalist rhetoric on the subject. Well written in a comfortable tone. Can be read for enjoyment and not just research.
Highly recommend.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. E. Bradley on 13 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I cannot praise this book enough. It is so informative and easy to read. I would recommend this book to anybody interested in the subject, it is outstanding. I have read quite a few books on this subject and this is definitely the best, by far :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cat on 16 Feb. 2013
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An enjoyable read, not necessarily as a source for information about the Ripper crimes themselves (which this book is not intended to be), but about other and related aspects of life at the time, such as crime and policing, the role and power of the press, perceptions of the East End, etc.
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By Nokidding on 24 Jan. 2014
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I am lucky enough to have the auther as one of my tutors this year and this book is as well written as his lectures are. It's interesting, flows well and I'll be keeping this one. Whether you are studying or just interested in Victorian London, I'd say buy it, you won't be disapointed.
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