"Peter Ackroyd was born to write the biography of London....A brilliant book." (Sunday Telegraph)
Interesting, though given the subject matter - the life of the poor in the great city - inevitably repetitive. From Roman times to the twenty first century the association of poverty with crime, sexual exploitation , and punishment are described using the words and experiences of contemporary witnesses. An interesting survey of a never changing reality which includes some curious changes in attitudes and tolerance through the period.
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Callows splendid voice carries the story,excellent book the snippets of London history are intriguing,highly recommend.
Peter Ackroyd's history of London is just enthralling but each volume is shorter than it needs to be. Simon Callow seems a perfect choice for narrator as he was for the shakespearian volumes. A learned and listenable set well worth the time but a touch expensive to get the lot.
Heavy going at times. Masses of detail. Interesting background and current biography of The Big Smoke!