By Judith Flanders
The 19th century was once a time of exceptional switch, and nowhere used to be this extra obvious than London, which, in just a couple of a long time, grew from a compact Regency city into the biggest urban the area had ever visible. Technology-railways, street-lighting, and sewers-transformed either town and the event of city-living.
From the instant Charles Dickens, the century's best-loved novelist and London's maximum observer, arrived within the urban in 1822, he obsessively walked its streets, recording its pleasures, curiosities and cruelties. Now, with him, Judith Flanders leads us throughout the markets, shipping structures, rivers, slums, alleys, cemeteries, gin palaces, chop-houses and leisure emporia of Dickens' London, to bare the Victorian capital in all its type, vibrancy, and squalor. From the colourful cries of street-sellers to the uncomfortable fact of shuttle by means of omnibus, to the numerous makes use of for the physique components of useless horses and the unimaginably grueling operating days of hawker young children, no aspect is simply too small, or too unusual. not anyone who reads Judith Flanders's meticulously researched, captivatingly written The Victorian City will ever view London within the similar gentle again.