Newgate: London's Prototype of Hell Hardcover – 19 Jan 2006
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About the Author
Stephen Halliday is an expert on the history of London and the author of two outstanding works on social history, The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis and Underground to Everywhere: London's Underground in the Life of the Capital.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book has filled in the gaps, and now I realised I was probably walking over someone's grave. Someone who died, unloved, uncared for and unknown from diseases too horrible to contemplate.
Yet, to many, Newgate was the face of civilised incarceration for the wrongdoer.
Read this book and next time you walk past the Old Bailey, stop, think, and wonder - "Who is buried beneath me"?
It gives a great insight into life in general over the last few centuries and how our ever-changing penal code impacts on society in general.
Definitely worth a read.
Absolutely compelling reading, each chapter fast paced & straight to the putrid point. One of those rare books that I didn't want to finish. Highly recommended to anyone curious about the lunacy of our rough & ready human society. An excellently entertaining reminder that the 'Good old days' weren't so good after all.
Read it & itch!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A previous reviewer compared the book unfavourably against Bedlam: London and Its Mad but I prefered this book to the other. Bedlam seemed dry in its writing style. Read morePublished on 10 July 2011 by Tim Futter
An excellent book, thrilling read from cover to cover, full of useful information that you would never associate with Newgate.Published on 7 July 2010 by CJ