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The Most Disgusting Jobs in Victorian London [Kindle Edition]

Henry Mayhew
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WARNING FOR READERS! DO NOT READ THIS BOOK JUST BEFORE EATING YOUR LUNCH

Victorian London was a dirty place. The city faced the problem of how to deal with a huge amount of human waste and horse dung, as well as other waste such as animal bones and millions of oyster shells (oysters were a cheap food at the time). A lot of waste was disposed of outside the sewerage system, for example flowing into cesspools, or being discharged directly into streets and open watercourses. Rats, bugs and other pests abounded.

However, labour was cheap and plentiful, and large numbers of people were employed in filthy jobs, ranging from cesspool emptying to sewer flushing, and from rat-catching to bug destroying.

In addition, some Victorian Londoners tried to make money by combing through waste and refuse. Sewer-hunters waded through the sewers, scouring and sieving the sewer's contents for valuable items such as jewellery; bone-grubbers searched street and house bins looking for anything from their next meal to small items which could be sold; and mud-larks tried to make a subsistence living by sifting through the noxious mud and soil in London's river banks.

The Most Disgusting Jobs in Victorian London is a record of the lives of these people.

The Most Disgusting Jobs in Victorian London is drawn from the work of Henry Mayhew, the pioneering Victorian journalist. Mayhew wrote about the lives of ordinary Londoners, focusing on street life and the poor, and gathered his journalism together under the title London Labour and the London Poor. The Most Disgusting Jobs in Victorian London contains edited versions of Mayhew's writing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 663 KB
  • Print Length: 101 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096EFMO0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,352 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend 21 July 2014
By p welch
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Crikey, the things people had to do to earn a living. This is a good read and gives a good insight into the lives of the working class of Victorian London.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Descriptions of Victorian Poverty 22 Dec 2013
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Not a book to really capture your full attention like a novel or good non-fiction book but a very interesting read. I just read chapters during odd spare minutes. There continues to be a praise about the Victorian days as though they were the greatest times of British history but as this book shows most people lived in great poverty and in awful conditions. It was only the top people who were rich and comfortable on the spoils of British conquests abroad.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time 28 Oct 2013
By Mrs b
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Rubbish I finished this book in 20 mins far to short .only told you about the general jobs nothing different
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2.0 out of 5 stars boring 3 Oct 2013
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Gave up on it after 2 chapters . Not an interesting read. Title and cover make it seem interesting.....but it not!
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5.0 out of 5 stars mind bogling 2 Oct 2013
By colin
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i read this over a few nights in bed ,glad i did not have to live in those days lucky arnt we lucky
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Interesting! 22 Sep 2013
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Feel educated, really enjoyed this book and actually enjoyed more the conversations that I have had since with friends and family since reading it. They think I am very intelligent having all these facts and information and have actually recommended to book to anyone who listens
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5.0 out of 5 stars Londons Poor 31 Aug 2013
By Wjcox
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A good introduction to the full story in the book " London's Poor and Labour Laws ". A terrible time to live in, it's all there in black and white.
Read it and find out how well off you are!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 7 Aug 2013
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Love this book. It is a bit like a raw version of Tony Robinson's Worst Jobs in history explaining peoples roles in the jobs the undertook from rat catcher to cesspit worker. Do not eat before reading! :)))
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