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London's Shadows: The Dark Side of the Victorian City Hardcover – September 2, 2010

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Drew Gray's book is a fine addition to the literature on urban history at a time when we were learning to live in large communities and experimenting with different ways of doing so. (History Today)

A scholarly work, drawing on a wide range of sources, but it's also very readable. It provides a welcome and sensible counterbalance to the endless titles about 'ripperology' with its focus on the grim realities of life in London's poorer quarters at the time.


Drew Gray’s book is a fine addition to the literature on urban history at a time when we were learning to live in large communities and experimenting with different ways of doing so. (Sanford Lakoff)

A scholarly work, drawing on a wide range of sources, but it’s also very readable. It provides a welcome and sensible counterbalance to the endless titles about 'ripperology’ with its focus on the grim realities of life in London’s poorer quarters at the time.
(Sanford Lakoff)

About the Author

Drew Gray is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Northampton. He is the author of Crime, Prosecution and Social Relations and London's Shadows.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (September 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847252427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847252425
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,598,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Aquinas on February 10, 2013
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This is an excellent and fascinating work on the Victorian period. Filled with surprising scholarly facts, yet eminently readable, it is really a model for how solid history should be written. For anyone seeking to understand what the era was like--both the dark side and bigger sociological and political picture-- Professor Gray's work is essential.
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