• "The Blackest Streets is an excellent and intelligent investigation of the realities of urban living that respond to no design or directive...This is a book about the nature of London itself"

    Peter Ackroyd, The Times
  • "A revelatory book...beaming the light of impartial historical research into the horrible dens and alleys. It avoids the voyeurism that such books often fall into: Wise describes the terrible conditions dispassionately, bringing out the resilience and self-respect of the slum-dwellers"

    John Carey, Sunday Times
  • "Read it and be flabbergasted"

    New Statesman
  • "She is a sure-footed guide. In each strand of enquiry she has something new and surprising to say"

    Jerry White, Times Literary Supplement
  • "Sarah Wise has created an exceptional work, in that it is both scholarly and page turning - a genuine treat"

    Gilda O'Neill

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