Wednesday 23 December 2015

Book Review: The Secret History of Georgian London by Dan Cruickshank

Title: The Secret History of Georgian London
Author: Dan Cruickshank
Publisher: Windmill Books
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 654
Format: Paperback
Genre: Non-Fiction/History/
Social History
Source: Birthday Gift

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Georgian London evokes images of elegant buildings and fine art, but it was also a city where prostitution was rife, houses of ill repute widespread, and many tens of thousands of people dependent in some way or other on the wages of sin. The sex industry was, in fact, a very powerful force indeed, and Dan Cruickshank compellingly shows how it came to affect almost every aspect of life and culture in the capital.(Goodreads Synopsis)

I loved The Secret History of Georgian London from start to finish. It was both educational and entertaining. I enjoyed Cruickshank's prose, which was readable and engaging, and the topic was an interesting one. The Georgian period has long fascinated me and this was another wonderful book to add to my collection of non-fiction on the era. The chapter on Molly Houses was particularly illuminating since I am current writing a novel set in the later Regency period in which one of the characters is bisexual.

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