- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 635 KB
- Print Length: 224 pages
- Publisher: Ian Allan (10 Oct. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005JZ6T8I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 85 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,030 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Worst Street in London: Foreword by Peter Ackroyd Kindle Edition
|Length: 224 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled|
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On the plus side, no one can fault the research that Fiona Rule has put into this book - her detail has been something of an education.
On the downside, there is so much information and elements of repetition that it can be heavy going in places - that said, you want to read on to build up the full picture.
This is a history designed for the general reader and consequently it describes the situation without going into too much details about how things ended up this way. I found it an interesting overview and there is a bibliography if you want to read in more depth. The author has an interesting writing style with plenty of anecdotes included to engage the reader. There are some illustrations in the centre of my paperback version but not many and the book could definitely have done with more maps from the very beginning,
As a study of the living conditions of the very poor this is an eyeopening book in places and certainly rather sobering. It is also a fascinating account of the changes of residential usage over time in one place.
My experience is probably made worse as I have read a couple of Sarah Wise' books previously and at the same time as reading this by Fiona Rule I am also reading 'The Blackest Streets' by Sarah Wise and the difference in quality of articulation between them is significant.
That said, if like me you are interested in these areas of Victorian London then it provides colour, interest and information. My ancestors are unfortunately from Dorset Street and the surrounds and the Old Nichol areas and its unbelievable at times that anyone survived these areas when the conditions were as described.
I would have liked to see more confirmation of where the information was from in this book. There are a lot of statements about the actions of various characters in and around the 'story' but no confirmation of how this information was gathered. Also it would have helped to have better and clearer maps for context.
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Brings the area to life, with a brief tour to round it off.
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