The nineteenth century was a time of growing awareness of the existence of an impoverished underclass - a terrifying demi-monde of criminals, tarts and no-hope low lifes. Uniformed gangs would 'hold their street' in violent clashes with opposing mobs, and foreign seamen would set up home close to the massive wealth of bonded warehouses - everyone knew about the alien hordes' propensity for making a living from thievery, opium, and whores ...Gilda O'Neill explores the teeming underbelly dwelling in the fog-bound streets, rat-infested slums, common lodging houses, boozers, penny gaffs and brothels in the heart of the greatest empire that the world has ever seen, revealing that Victoria's was actually a most unruly reign.
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'A shocking book which, for once, should dispel the myth that life
in the East End was one long knees-up' -- Daily Express
'O'Neill chronicles the filth and poverty with leery aplomb, then
sobers things up with sharp social commentary'
-- The Scotsman
Gilda O'Neill grew up in the East End of London. Having left school aged fifteen, she later returned to education as a mature student and went on to take three university degrees. Since 1990 she has been writing full-time and has published ten novels and two non-fiction bestsellers, My East End and Our Street. Gilda O'Neill is married with two grown-up children and lives in the East End.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110141019387
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0141019387 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0062735
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0141019387