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I heard snatches of this book on the radio and since my father (born in 1895) was a Londoner and certainly poor - I wanted to know more about how poor families survived. I find the book a good reference to the types of poor eg costermongers, water cress sellers etc. It is fascinating to see how the very poor and young survived against all odds - long before the state aid era. Contrast this with today - people who have never worked and live in relative comfort on state aid. Not to say that all in that category are undeserving, but one gets the feeling that life is made too easy these days! My dad used to tell stories of how he and his brothers collected horse droppings to sell as garden fertiliser. Also on Epson Downs selling "Accomodation" ie a folding toilet tent with a bucket and a spade shouting Penny a "Jimmy", twopence a "pup"! A good snap shot of the times in London of that era - for the poor working classes.