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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 01 edition (5 Oct. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099593327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099593324
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This colourful, exuberant, brilliantly detailed account by Jerry White is the latest in a long list of irreplaceable books about London." (Simon Callow Guardian)

"[It] is searching and brimful of intriguing characters." (John Carey Sunday Times)

"[A] marvellous history of the Marshalsea Debtor’s Prison… In vivid prose White conjures a murky underworld of jailbird chancers and scufflers of one stripe or another." (Ian Thomson Evening Standard - London Books of the Year)

"[An] excellent, detailed book." (Hermione Eyre Spectator)

"A factual portrait of desperate and roughish Londoners that is as startling as anything in Dickens. Its wealth of anecdote and sympathetic style, spiced with witty observations makes this the very opposite of a miserable read." (George Goodwin BBC History Magazine, Book of the Year)

About the Author

Professor Jerry White teaches London history at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of an acclaimed trilogy of London from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. His more recent books include Mansions of Misery: A Biography of the Marshalsea Debtors' Prison and Zeppelin Nights, a social history of London during the First World War. He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by the University of London in 2005 and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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