Living The Low Life

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

‘A picture of life so wonderful, so awful, so piteous and pathetic, so exciting and terrible, that readers of romances own they never read anything like to it.’ This was Thackeray in 1850, on reading Henry Mayhew’s ‘Labour & The Poor’ columns in the Morning Chronicle newspaper. City life had coerced the poor into adopting […]

Posted in 383 | Tagged | Comments Off on Living The Low Life

Inspector Bucket Calls

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Brutal killings in London’s East End provide both the curtain raiser and final act for Judith Flanders’s insightful and dramatic staging of the story of Victorian Britain’s love–hate relationship with murder: the slaughter of Timothy Marr and his family on Ratcliff Highway in 1811, and Jack the Ripper’s notorious rampage through Whitechapel in 1888. Unlike […]

Posted in 383 | Tagged | Comments Off on Inspector Bucket Calls

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

RLF - March