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The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave-Robbery in 1830s London Paperback – 5 May 2005
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A fascinating historical investigation that brilliantly illuminates a macabre episode in 1830s London and brings the capital's underclass roaring back to life.See all Product description
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Compelling reading and thoroughly recommended.
While the story is enthralling and in depth, it is compromised by the illustrations used. For example page 189 carries two illustrations of the three accused. To top one of these is useless as it is primarily a black rectangle with a vague impression of three profiles.
Throughout the book there are a number of street maps which are useless since the detail is obscured in the blurred artwork wherein it is impossible to see any relevance to the text. Surely better illustrations were available? Irritating in the extreme.
I haven't see the current edition, but I hope for readers' sake these images have been upgraded.
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