22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 1999
A riveting study of the mirky underworld of early 18th century London with lots of fascinating titbits concerning everyday Georgian life. It is liberally peppered with hilarious contemporary engravings which add to the whole atmosphere. My only criticism is that on the rare occasion Lucy confuses certain celebs with others, although only the most uptight pedants would notice and this detracts little from her colourful narrative. If you want to learn about the REAL inspiration for Dickens' Fagin and Oliver Twist then read this.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2013
Came across this book while reading Jenny Uglows' Biog of Hogarth and wanted to know more about this popular hero.
Great on all the details, well researched and a very good read. Its not glamourous but it lifts the veil a chink on those distant times on the streets of London.