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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.
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on 26 August 2015
Excellent expose almost of the lives of the poor and disenfranchised of this era. A valuable insight into the moral compass and political viewpoint of the ruling class. Very shocking but demonstrates the roots of the right wing in the UK who still appear to foster many of these criminal beliefs regarding the less fortunate in society. To read that the ruling class actually believed the poor were there for the benefit of the rich is shocking and revealing.
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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.
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