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Doctor Barnardo: Champion of Victorian Children by [Levy, Martin]
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About the Author

Martin Levy grew up in the same neighbourhood as Thomas Barnardo in the East End of London and went to school with the grandchildren of Barnardo boys. He worked for a Christian educational charity for eleven years until he retired in 2000. Martin lives in Redhill, Surrey.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2974 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (18 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ENJWKYI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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OK, I know the author... but reading this is like listening to him talk. I think it is a great individual style which blends the history of the man (with many corrections to previous biographies) and his ancestors with his own personal knowledge of his descendants and also the area in which Barnardo worked. I haven't finished the book yet, but it a fascinating picture of Victorian life, which is by no means one-dimensional! I look forward to reading on.
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This is not really a biography of Thomas Barnardo. It does include material related to his family background, but the only further information is notice of his marriage and the births and deaths of his children. Neither is it a detailed study of the work done by the Mission. The author does not discuss the practicalities of day to day running of the homes from the perspective of child or guardian. Instead, he looks at the work through the challenges of organisation, administration and finance.

The author’s style is colloquial, which allows him to have one foot in the Victorian era and one in modernity. This should not be a problem, because at best it allows him to make historical curiosities intelligible to his audience. But it also reveals just where the author does not understand his subject. Having devoted a whole chapter to three court cases between Barnardo and Roman Catholic charities, the author gets no deeper than disregarding the affairs as Sectarianism. He cannot comprehend the religious convictions of Barnardo, the opposition or even the culture around them. This is not just a problem with regard to the court cases but in the book as a whole. Since Barnardo’s Christian motives are not a reality to the author, he fails to include them in his interpretation of him as a man.

The Victorian Christians are consigned to history as a necessary, well-meaning step towards the vastly superior modern welfare state. The comparison is often made, that nowadays we would do this, think that, or have that safeguard. But the author is disingenuous. For instance, he finds fault in the Barnardo fostering of British children in Canada without providing anything that resembles evidence.
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Martin Levy writes with an engaging, personal style and has obviously researched his subject with care. His account is unpretentious and well balanced and his genuine interest in the needs of children at risk shines through. I enjoyed this more than I expected.
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Excellent history of the man and the times a must read for anyone who cares about social equality and children
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By eddi on 11 Sept. 2015
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Very pleased
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