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Too many words!,
This review is from: The Secret History of Georgian London: How the Wages of Sin Shaped the Capital (Hardcover)
Vast, rambling and repetitive, I actually found this hard work and I'm a big fan of anything Georgian.
The author's premise is that the Sex Industry shaped London but that idea soon seems to get lost as the author goes off on long digressions that have little to do with the subject. Why, for instance, are there 70 pages on the Foundling, Magdalen and Lock Hospitals when none of the buildings exist anymore? Why is there a chapter on the political shenanigans of John Wilkes? 20 pages on the supposed kidnap of Elizabeth Canning only for the author to admit that she probably made it up!? As for the appendices, apart from Doctor Graham, very little to do with the Sex Industry in London.
Okay, so these things were worth a mention but this book, for me, contained far too much waffle. A bit of editing and a shorter book would have been better though there are better books than this available on this subject. Check out Hallie Rubenhold's Covent Garden Ladies or Julie Peakman's Lascivious Bodies, both better books by far.