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Well researched but maybe a little selective
on 3 March 2013
I specialise in the Regency and wanted some specific information about an under-researched but major aspect of that world. The book contained some very useful and properly referenced information, including some from primary sources, which was exactly what I wanted. However, it is quite brief (187 pages) and selective, and left me with as many questions as answers. So - good as far as it went but I was left wanting more. A much more thorough (and eminently readable) treatment is provided in '1700: Scenes from London Life' by Maureen Waller, (Hodder & Stoughton 2000) but, of course, this deals with an earlier period and quite a bit had changed in the course of the ensuing 100 years.