This dazzling new book explores London’s history in the Nineteenth century, from the destruction of old London and the unparalled suburban expansion, to its absorption of people from all over the world.
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Jerry White has been writing about London for thirty years. His London in the Twentieth Century: A City and Its People won the Wolfson History Prize for 2001. His oral histories Rothschild Buildings: Life in an East End Tenement Block 1887-1920 (which won the Jewish Chronicle non-fiction book prize for 1980), and Campbell Bunk: the Worst Street in North London Between the Wars, were reprinted by Pimlico in 2003. He is Visiting Professor in London Studies at Birkbeck and in 2005 was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by the University of London.Review:
"A dazzling and dramatic narrative of a century of high-speed change... A must-have for anyone seriously interested in London's history." —Evening Standard
"Magisterial. . . Using fragmented maps as a visual thread connecting the separate sections, White manages, street by street, to decode the crumbling cobblestones and invest fatigued and overly familiar ground with unexpected meaning." —Observer
"Jerry White is to London as Boswell is to Johnson. . . London in the Nineteenth Century should sit on your shelf alongside Debrett's, the Oxford dictionary, and your complete set of Dickens." —Daily Telegraph
"White's magnificent prequel to his Wolfson History Prize-winning London in the Twentieth Century. . . Charged with infectious enthusiasm for its subject, this is an unmissable treat which ought to be top of every Londoner's reading list." —Time Out
"A brilliant account of the bursting, overflowing city, with its glittering wealth and harrowing poverty. . . A work of undoubted academic authority. . .yet it is also a poetic evocation." —Financial Times
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Book Description Jonathan Cape, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110224062727
Book Description Jonathan Cape, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0224062727