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Round About a Pound a Week Paperback – 23 Oct 2008

4.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Persephone Books Ltd (23 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190315569X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903155691
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 615,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is an important study of working-class life in Lambeth in the early years of the twentieth century which even has tables of figures (weekly expenditure etc). But it is extremely readable, fascinating, poignant and compassionate - as well as being relevant today. In 1909 a group of women, all of them member's of the feminist, left-wing Fabian Women's Group, would regularly leave their comfortable homes in Kensington and Hampstead and call on forty-two families in Lambeth in order to interview them about their everyday life. They wrote down their findings in tiny lined notebooks and in 1912 these were written up as a twenty-page Fabian Tract, 'Family Life on a Pound a Week'.Once the tract had appeared Maud Pember Reeves turned it into "Round about a Pound a Week" with sixteen chapter's covering such topics as housing, thrift, food and mothers' days, producing a book of stunning interest and originality which has never really been rivalled in the hundred years since the first publication in 1913. 'A book addressed to a middle class world of power and condescension' - (Polly Toynbee), its mixture of factual rigour, wit and polemic remains unique.

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