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Should be required reading for all
on 11 November 2014
This excellent first person account of life in doss houses in the 1800's is really under appreciated. The writing is of it's time; but once used to the style it is incredibly readable and very poignant with regard to the treatment of the poor in what is very recent times. Social welfare & child protection were unheard of and the author is able to bring the realities of this life very much to our consciences. Somehow this well-heeled 'gentleman' managed to disguise himself successfully and go undercover in the doss houses. Although he was appalled by what he saw he also exhibits a compassion and understanding for his fellow dossers that is touching. The author also provides an excellent critique of the legal frame work that regulated these places.