London In The Nineteenth Century: 'A Human Awful Wonder of God' Paperback – 3 Jan 2008
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"A dazzling and dramatic narrative of a century of high-speed change ... A must-have for anyone seriously interested in London’s history" (Evening Standard)
"Magnificent ... Charged with infectious enthusiasm for its subject, this is an unmissable treat which ought to be top of every Londoner’s reading list" (Time Out)
"A brilliant account of the bursting, overflowing city, with its glittering wealth and harrowing poverty" (Financial Times)
"Jerry White is to London as Boswell is to Johnson... London in the Nineteenth Century should sit on your shelf alongside Debrett’s, the Oxford dictionary, and your complete set of Dickens" (Daily Telegraph)
"White brings to his book a diligence and contagious zest that may serve to discourage anyone from ever tackling the subject again" (Sunday Times)
"Fascinating … irresistible" (Liza Picard BBC History Magazine)
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As soon as I finished this I had to find myself a copy of the same author's "London in the Twentieth Century" - which, scandalously, is out of print! I eventually tracked it down on the internet, and found to my delight it is every bit as good. I can only hope he will tackle another century or two.
If you live or work in London you're almost certain to find something fascinating in here; for example, I discovered that the square where the office I was working in last year is located was where all the "penny dreadfuls" were produced and published. Totally useless to know, but it pleases me to think that these have now been replaced by a news agency office and an office of one of the "big four" accountants, who are probably cooking up something just as lurid as their predecessors.
On the basis of this I've also ordered Jerry White's study of 20th century London and hope it will be just as entertaining and fascinating.
Thoroughly recommended and selfishly I will not be lending this out.
A vast mass of research has been digested into a book that is page-turningly interesting. In it, all the seeds of the present-day city can been seen growing. It makes the 19th century feel truly alive and real.
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Another success for Jerry White. A readable account of London's expansion. Very interesting.Published 8 months ago by Gdavies
An awful lot of facts here. I found I had to read it selectively because there was so much to take in. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jd
Lots of detail and perspective on a complex evolving London giving a detailed insight into one of if not the greatest city in the world.Published 21 months ago by Ann Ducas
Excellent book and so well written. So glad I did not live in19thc.Published on 9 Aug. 2014 by Kathleen E Kennedy