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Mayhew's London [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Henry Mayhew , John Canning
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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd; Illustrated ed edition (23 Oct 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297789570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297789574
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 19.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,035,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars a book forever. 30 Mar 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A return to victorian values - I'm not sure that Mayhew was aware what he was writing - the awful poverty and hopelessness of the Victorian London poor - brought to life in reportage and verbatim statements - a well deserved classic. The condition of the book was as described and you wouldn't want to read a new copy - would you?
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5.0 out of 5 stars book of old london 17 Mar 2013
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Many thanks for a most interesting book ,I am learning so much I did not know about London life ,it will enliven my public talks I give
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing and extremely insightful 15 July 2011
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I purchased this book specifically because I am a first generation Australian. I was born in Sydney and grew up with my English mother, grandmother and great grandmother who died when I was eighteen years old. I remember hearing all kinds of fascinating stories about London especially working class London which is what my family were. And when I was in my early twenties I went to London. Since then I have lived on and off out of Australia for a total of eighteen years and it all began in London.

Mayhews London is extraordinary because it is written so clearly by the author who had a sharp eye and a fine memory. The day to day descriptions of working class Londoners is nothing short of fascinating. How they survived, what they did for entertainment and especially the invented language they used so that upper classes could not comprehend what they were speaking about. In my youth it was known as 'pig latin' so when we spoke we dropped the first letter of every word and added it to the end of the word with ay attached. Eg. allcay imhay = call him. The colour plates are especially wonderful and overall this is one of those books which is so compelling that I became immersed in the atmosphere of the daily lives of the era. And I had the good fortune to live in a warehouse in Tooley Street London from 1974 -1977 which was one of the main areas described in this book. And now it has all gone - completely. This book brought it all back to me and I give it my highest recommendation. Pilgarlic - aka Bruce Hart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Student of Victorian workers 19 Sep 2012
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As my grandmother was a Head Parlour maid..& I ware her *Keeper* ring, found Mayhew fantastic treasure of how ordinary people lived. Sadly abridged from an original 3 volumes I'd love to see one day. Only the 40 year edition of UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS DVD series give a correct version of how Upper and Lower classes interactive. Could not be made today. They REHEARSED for days on one episode of it. Modern few hours edition is trash.
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