This is a superb book. The story begins on London Bridge with a beggar named Fewkoomby, a limbless victim of The Boer War, who discovers that in London you can't just beg anywhere; you have to pay for the rights to do so, that begging in the city is scrupulously controlled by a man named Peachum who runs his operations Fagin-like behing the facade of a secondhand music shop. Thus the scene is set for an unforgettable journey into London's dark seedy underworld, with it's shady characters and dealings. Similarities to Dickens will naturally be made and fans of the famous Kent author should love this, but then so should everyone. For me it's one of the finest ever written. A couple of things; for some that may be thinking that a Brecht work may be too deep or heavy going then don't be concerned, it's an easy read. Secondly, the excellent Threepenny Opera / Original Cast (Audio CD) is available on Amazon (see my reviews) and is a great accompaniment whilst reading the book as it brings the characters to life wonderfully.