- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press (3 Oct. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300192053
- ISBN-13: 978-0300192056
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight Against Filth Hardcover – 3 Oct 2014
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"This is a tightly argued, meticulously researched history of sanitation that reads like a novel."--Paula Byrne, The Times
"Lee Jackson stops to have a good poke around - and consider in fascinating, sometimes gruesome detail, the filth and nuisances of the time . . . Utterly engrossing."--Jo Baker, The New York Times Book Review
"Rich in wonderful contemporary details gleaned from newspapers and archives, Jackson's study is a vivid account of the enormous challenges faced by a city expanding at an unprecedented rate."--P. D. Smith, The Guardian
"Mr Jackson has written a book that is neat and sparkling, unlike his subject matter."--Emily Cockayne, Wall Street Journal Europe
"Impressive . . . [Lee] Jackson has written a book that is neat and sparkling, unlike his subject matter."--Emily Cockayne, The Wall Street Journal
"An atypical look at London's social history. Jackson manages to make a disgusting topic much funnier than one would expect."--Library Journal
"Jackson demonstrates the unimaginable filth that permeated London during the 19th century . . . A well-researched, if unpalatable, picture of a filthy city and the different factions fighting for and against reform using class distinctions, gender inequality and horrendous poor laws."--Kirkus Reviews
"While the subject of Dirty Old London is often, unavoidably, off-putting, it is also endlessly intriguing."--Shelf Awareness
"Disgusting and wonderful."--Kelly Faircloth, Jezebel
"Dirty Old London is a treat - truly Victorian, in that it is shocking, entertaining, educational and grisly by turns."--Catharine Arnold, author of Necropolis: London and its Dead
"I can't think of a better companion with whom to explore London's underbelly - expert, engaging and approachable."--Sarah Wise, author of The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum
"So much meticulous research packaged into such a vividly readable narrative. I loved it."--Liza Picard, author of Victorian London
"The squalor of Victorian London was proverbial. Lee Jackson's revelatory clean-up goes behind the headlines to allow us to see not just what, but why, London was so dirty."--Judith Flanders, author of The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London
About the Author
Lee Jackson is a well-known Victorianist and creator of a preeminent website on Victorian London (www.victorianlondon.org).
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My only cavil is that the print size in the paperback version is ridiculously small, having presumably been reduced in size from the hard back version. This made it quite an unnecessary and tiring slog to read.
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