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The Cockney Novelists | Spitalfields Life

Originally posted on Spitalfields Life.

The ‘Cockney’ – that is the born East Ender – has long since been a regular figure in fiction. Originally, in appearances from Jacobean plays to mid-nineteenth century sporting fiction, the type was not working-class. 146 more words

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The History Girls: Meeting Mr. Punch, by Y S Lee

Originally posted on The History Girls.

As one of the international History Girls, I didn’t grow up with Punch and Judy. I knew vaguely who they were, and thought I understood what the show signified: children’s street entertainment. 143 more words



Let’s talk about the class system.  In my Sociology ‘A’ Level class, I vaguely remember the teacher bemoaning the rigidity of the Hindu caste system in India, but presenting the British class system as something which you could transcend.   770 more words

Dodger by Terry Pratchett (Fencers, Snakesmen, and Toshers)

“This is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.”

It is the very first book I read by Terry Pratchett. 856 more words


No. 26: Of Street Piemen, Henry Mayhew

Prior to reading these chronicles of Victorian London, I had no existing knowledge of Henry Mayhew. I restrained from typing his name into any search engine, relishing the prospect of my first Little Black Classic being a complete unknown. 1,113 more words

A Little Bit Bookish

Voices from the Prison: The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Oscar Wilde’s poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, published in 1898 under his cell number C.3.3 depicts his experience of his time in prison with hard labour and separate confinement, however how far did Wilde achieve in gaining a voice with this ballad despite the silence regime? 351 more words