"The Blackest Streets
is an excellent and intelligent investigation of the realities of urban living
that respond to no design or directive...This is a book about the nature of London itself
" (Peter Ackroyd The Times
"A revelatory book...
beaming the light of impartial historical research into the horrible dens and alleys. It avoids the voyeurism that such books often fall into: Wise describes the terrible conditions dispassionately, bringing out the resilience and self-respect of the slum-dwellers" (John Carey Sunday Times
"Read it and be flabbergasted
" (New Statesman
"She is a sure-footed guide. In each strand of enquiry she has something new and surprising to say" (Jerry White Times Literary Supplement
"Sarah Wise has created an exceptional work, in that it is both scholarly and page turning - a genuine treat" (Gilda O'Neill)
'A brilliant social history... a reminder that our enlightened society was built on an inhumanity only just beyond living memory.'