Thursday, 11 August 2011

Ragged London: The Life of London's Poor

My latest book, "Ragged London: The Life of London's Poor," has now been published by the History Press.

Here's a press release about my book from my publishers.

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Ragged London
The Life of London’s Poor
Michael Fitzgerald
To be published 25th July 2011, £14.99 Paperback, 978-0-7524-6005-5
Looks at the ingenuity and courage of the poor living in London
Although life was a constant struggle against famine, disease and violence the people enjoyed a
closeness that was more than the result of overcrowding. Their lives were lived entirely within the ‘mean streets’ of their little corner of London. They were born and raised within the rookeries, earned their living, enjoyed life, dressed in the latest fashion, got married, had children, died and were buried there. The lack of cooking facilities led to them inventing the ‘takeaway.’ It was a closed world although the population explosion of nineteenth-century London led to millions of new arrivals in the already congested rookery districts.
 Though life was cheap in the rookeries of London they produced some of the best soldiers and
sailors in the British armed forces.
 Ragged London describes the rookeries where around forty people lived together in one room.
 Perfect for anyone interested in London’s social history.
 Author is an award-winning writer.
 Looks at the appalling conditions in which people lived, and describes their daily struggle to
 Previously unpublished material from primary sources to shed new light on social conditions.
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