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Readership: General readers of Victorian literature (e.g. lovers of Dickens or Gaskell), those interested in Victorian life and social history; students of English Literature, Victorian studies, social and political history, the history of the city (London).
"This edition... has a thoughtful, detailed and illuminating introduction." - Andrew Dodgshon, Tribune
"Robert Douglas-Fairhurst has a strong sense of the contradictory forces at work in Mayhew's writing, which he compares successively to a peep show, a collection of dramatic monologues and an early work of sociology...This selection is still as long as a fair-sized novel, with helpful notes and a springy, suggestive introduction that captures the energy and variety of Mayhew's world." - John Bowen, Times Literary Supplement.
"Should be required reading not just for lovers of Dickens, but for anyone who wants to understand our 19th century." - Simon Heffer, Daily
"[A] superb new edition." - Ian Thomson, Evening Standard
"As riveting as any Dickensian novel and as salutary as any social services report, this is a unique insight into the life of the capital over a hundred years ago." - Robert Gwyn Palmer, The Resident
"A collection of some of the best descriptive writing in the English language." - Roy Hattersley, New Statesman
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst introduces 'London Labour and The London Poor'