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The richest and most absorbing account of the city's greatest century by the master of London history

Jerry White's London in the Nineteenth Century is the richest and most absorbing account of the city's greatest century by its leading expert.

London in the nineteenth century was the greatest city mankind had ever seen. Its growth was stupendous. Its wealth was dazzling. Its horrors shocked the world. This was the London of Blake, Thackeray and Mayhew, of Nash, Faraday and Disraeli. Most of all it was the London of Dickens. As William Blake put it, London was 'a Human awful wonder of God'.

In Jerry White's dazzling history we witness the city's unparalleled metamorphosis over the course of the century through the daily lives of its inhabitants. We see how Londoners worked, played, and adapted to the demands of the metropolis during this century of dizzying change. The result is a panorama teeming with life.


A dazzling and dramatic narrative of a century of high-speed change ... A must-have for anyone seriously interested in London’s history

Evening Standard



Magnificent ... Charged with infectious enthusiasm for its subject, this is an unmissable treat which ought to be top of every Londoner’s reading list

Time Out

A brilliant account of the bursting, overflowing city, with its glittering wealth and harrowing poverty

Financial Times

Jerry White is to London as Boswell is to Johnson... London in the Nineteenth Century should sit on your shelf alongside Debrett’s, the Oxford dictionary, and your complete set of Dickens

Daily Telegraph

White brings to his book a diligence and contagious zest that may serve to discourage anyone from ever tackling the subject again

Sunday Times

Fascinating … irresistible

Liza Picard, BBC History Magazine

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    June 8, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    640 pages

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