The Good Old Days: Crime, Murder and Mayhem in Victorian London Paperback – 23 October 2017
- Publisher : Endeavour Ink (23 October 2017)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1911445529
- ISBN-13 : 978-1911445524
- Dimensions : 19.8 x 2.5 x 13.2 cm
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Reviewed in Australia on 1 July 2017
The plight of the London poor in Victorian times was quite dreadful. Gilda O'Neill has drawn on many accounts and carried out much research to produce this excellent volume. Let's hope the good old days never return.
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A VERY ACCURATE PICTURE OF LIFE IN THE VICTORIAN ERAReviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 March 2017
This book paints a very accurate picture of the lives of countless people born in the Victorian era. I know how true and sad it is because I have traced the lives of my husband's and my ancestors during that period and found exactly the same grinding poverty she describes.
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A great readReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 January 2018
A very well thought out and put together book which draws back the curtain on the so called Victorian values so beloved by certain elemnts of society today. The author sets out to parallel shock headlines of recent years with those same headlines in the good old days. The same features of drugs, gangs and "foreigners" so beloved of elements of today's press also excited the Victorian press. A very good , well researched book which should appeal to anyone with half an interest in London of the Victorian age.
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Insight to a better world.......not!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 May 2018
If you ever wondered what life was like in the good old days this book is definitely worth a read, the book is full of different accounts of what life was like, many taken fro old papers like the penny dreadful. Crime was common place and the reason for it become clear when you read about how the poorest were treated, but it's not just the poor, for those who were better off would let their greed lead them into temptation for thrills and bribing of the old bill as it was, was the done thing. Crime statistics was high but prosecution was low. If you want an idea of how things were this book will help you take a trip down memory lane and maybe rethink your opinion of the good old days.
David T Rowley
The unvarnished truth about "The Good Old Days" instead of the usual view through rose-tinted ...Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 August 2017
The unvarnished truth about "The Good Old Days" instead of the usual view through rose-tinted memories. An eye-opener for both younger generations who were born too-late to remember and a reminder for those who experienced those times but have forgotten what they were really like.
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Interesting descriptions of real crimesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 July 2019
A limited selection of criminal incidents. However, there are excellent images. Nonethelss calling Cora Pearl a prostitute might be inaccurate as some claim courtesans were not prostitutes.