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  • This colourful, exuberant, brilliantly detailed account by Jerry White is the latest in a long list of irreplaceable books about London.

    Simon Callow, Guardian
  • [It] is searching and brimful of intriguing characters.

    John Carey, Sunday Times
  • [A] marvellous history of the Marshalsea Debtor’s Prison… In vivid prose White conjures a murky underworld of jailbird chancers and scufflers of one stripe or another.

    Ian Thomson, Evening Standard - London Books of the Year
  • [An] excellent, detailed book.

    Hermione Eyre, Spectator
  • A factual portrait of desperate and roughish Londoners that is as startling as anything in Dickens. Its wealth of anecdote and sympathetic style, spiced with witty observations makes this the very opposite of a miserable read.

    George Goodwin, BBC History Magazine, Book of the Year

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