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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


Penguin Little Black Classics art competition winners

Chloe Spicer, Alex Wood, Tara Palmer, and Emma Marks are the winners of the Penguin Little Black Classics competition to create sculptural artworks based on the new series of 80 books. 178 more words


Gobbets of the week!

Here are the top 10 gobbets of London history that caught our eye this week:

1. A handy decision map to London’s museums and galleries. 63 more words


Henry Mayhew & Coffee Cake & Kisses

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo and Copenhagen shootings, I honour Henry Mayhew – creator of the quintessential satirical rag Punch. And I use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to find out what the deal is at the unambiguously monikered  1,071 more words