Quote:London in the 19th Century: A Human Awful Wonder of God, by Jerry White (Vintage, £10.99)
This is so powerful and overwhelming a history of 19th-century London that I finished it thrilled but really rattled. It's both specific to district (New Cut market south of the Thames with naphtha flares glaring over coster stalls) and God's own overview of the place of the metropolis in the life of the nation...
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