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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential and entertaining reading on Victorian England
Mayhew interviewed hundreds of people, all extremely poor, and many in destitution, to discover the conditions of poverty in London in 1852. Here, he relates their stories in their own words, with deep sympathy, but is never patronising or judgemental in the typical Victorian fashion. The interviews shed light on all aspects of Victorian society, viewed by those it...
Published on 10 April 1999

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2.0 out of 5 stars Hard reading.
At the price the book was cheap but to get through it you need a degree in literature. Don't expect an easy read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Account of Poverty in 1850s London, 10 July 2010
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This review is from: London Labour and the London Poor: Selection (Classics) (Paperback)
The outstanding voice within this book is not, in fact, the author's. His prose is, I suppose, typical of the period: convoluted, complex and difficult to "scan". Presumably this was a way an author demonstrated how smart he was.

The authentic voices are those of his subjects, whose accounts of their own lives and those around them have the undoubted air of - nice word this - verisimilitude. He reports at length, and with probably only modest editing, their spoken statements.

It was a hard world, by these accounts; and very easy to slip from modest comfort into utter destitution, from which recovery seems to have been nearly impossible.

This is a highly recommended book, even for those who, like me, gave up history at age 13 and have never regretted it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars london labour and the london poor, 21 Nov 2009
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S. laville (worcestershire england) - See all my reviews
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extremely useful reference book. readable. rather gloomy! leaves one wondering whether things ever really change. best to read it in smallish chunks as it can be heavy going in places. but well worth buying
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 31 July 2014
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Brilliant! a fascinating read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Reading, 9 Jan 2013
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The main reason I sent for the book is Mayhew was mentioned on many occasions in the book 'Dodger' by Terry Pratchett (another excellent read). And wanted to find out more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good but getting bogged down in statistics, 29 Oct 2012
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This book is very enlightening and shows a side of employment not usually show. However the statistics tend to be quite laboured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars London Labour and the Poor., 6 Mar 2011
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This review is from: London Labour and the London Poor: Selection (Classics) (Paperback)
I bought this book for a friend who was brought up in the East End and now belongs to a history group who researches various aspects of its industry. Although I cannot give a personal opinion she was delighted.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hard reading., 3 Mar 2013
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At the price the book was cheap but to get through it you need a degree in literature. Don't expect an easy read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LONDON LABOUR AND THE LONDON POOR, 3 Sep 2011
Book in excellent condition, perfect and punctual delivery. I am - as always - completely satisfied and very happy with the transaction.
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