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on 2 October 2004
This book is an excellent companion to the television series of the same name or just as a stand alone book giving a very good insight into the worst jobs accross our past. If you thought you had a bad job which you do not enjoy read this book then think again!. It covers a period which starts in Roman times and goes through history to finish in Victorian times, giving lots of details of trully revolting and tough jobs though that period, such as puke collector, illuminator, egg collector, leech collector, spit boy, toad eater, plague burier, topman, stone picker and chimney sweep. As with anything Tony Robinson is involved in it is very factual, detailed and interesting. Once picked up and started it is difficult to put it down.
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on 27 January 2006
Ahh here standeth the legend that is Tony Robinson. This book is a follow-up to the extremely interesting, funny and often bone-tingling series which saw Tony getting down and dirty with re-creations of all the nastiest jobs imaginable. They are all replicated in here and it truly is very interesting and somewhat bazzare.
My personal favourite is the 'Hermit' where you have to live in a cave at the bottom of a rich family's garden and your only job is to come out and stand outside it holding a skull whenever any guests walk buy - brilliant.
Buy the book, and if you can, see the series!
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on 5 October 2011
You could say it was the biggest cover up of all.The way life was portrayed via a half million paintings showed an ideal world of jolly peasants dancing round maypoles and families on picnics.Eventually you notice that art reflected life because this was how rich people lived.
By the time of the earliest photography the people had changed.No family photos for instance showed anyone looking happy.
Possibly that was because their lives were so hard whether they were farmworkers or factory workers that was their lot in life.The lower classes were living in Hell.
Amongst the worst jobs were Human Scarecrows who had to stand still for hours at a time in all weathers their only protection being the ragged clothes they wore.For this they earned the grand sum of shilling a week-which in today's money was about 5p-hardly enough to buy a loaf of stale bread.
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on 26 September 2004
great book, full of wit, a very interesting and enjoyable read.
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on 11 January 2014
Tony Robinsson is always entertaining and this little book was not expensive and quite interesting. Good christmas present and good value.
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on 21 August 2014
I WANT THIS MAN AT OUR DINNER PARTY........
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on 18 April 2015
Great book.
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