A very good academically written record of the poor in 19 Century Britain. Dr. Carl Chinn has written a history of poverty and social deprivation in England. He is a great writer and he sets out the necessary academic framework and then illustrates it very well by recounting the history of his own family in Birmingham and the Black Country.
I've just finished reading Professor Chinn's fabulous book,'Poverty amidst Prosperity - The urban poor in England 1834-1914' and enjoyed it immensely! I'm third generation Irish and was brought up on a council estate in the North West of England. I always knew there was quite a large gap between the rich and poor of England but failed to realise just how huge that chasm was and how it came about, until I read this book. For those of you, who like me, grew up in the `never had it so good' fifties and were constantly reminded of how lucky we were and I'll be honest to my shame, became hardened and indifferent to the horrific tales of hardship brought on by the effects of abject poverty from parents and their brethren that both they and more importantly their predecessors experienced on a daily basis, then this book is for you. It will help you realise just how true those `tall tales' from your loved ones were and how very special those forebears are! Great read!