|‘A haunting blend of scholarship and period empathy:’ Iain Sinclair, Daily Telegraph
‘The least smug and self-congratulatory book ever written on 19th-century slum life:’ Matthew Sweet, Sunday Times
Winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction
Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction
Hear my talk at the Museum of London here ow.ly/ZR0Jm
|‘This is a book about the nature of London itself:’ Peter Ackroyd, The Times
‘A brilliant social history:’ Robert Peston, Daily Telegraph
‘This engrossing work shines a light not only on a turbulent period of London’s history but on humanity itself. Only the best histories can claim as much:’ Clare Clark, The Guardian
Shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize
Hear my interview with BBC History Magazine here ow.ly/ZQZ6n
|‘Deeply researched and gripping...Much of it is also hilarious:’ AN Wilson, Mail on Sunday
‘She has the true social historian’s ability to make her period come alive:’ Dr Anthony Daniels, The Spectator
Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize
Hear my interview on BBC Radio
4’s All In The Mind here
and on Little Atoms radio here ow.ly/NGqPc
I’ll be speaking at the Radical Histories conference at Queen Mary University of London, which runs from 30 June to 3 July 2016. Full programme here http://www.raphael-samuel.org.uk/radical-histories/
The lovely Rachel Lichtenstein and I are teaching at the Arvon Foundation, 22-27 August 2016. Our course is called Unlocking The Archives to Write the People’s History. Find out more at http://www.arvon.org/course/non-fiction-2/
I teach a number of history and literature modules at the Bishopsgate Institute, London EC2:
● The London ‘Low-Life’ Novel, 1889-1907. Authors include Joseph Conrad, Arthur Morrison, Clarence Rook and Margaret Harkness.
● Apocalypse London: The City in Dystopian Fiction. Texts include 1984, The War of the Worlds, The Day of the Triffids and Quatermass and the Pit.
● Madness & 19th-Century Fiction. Including The Yellow Wallpaper, Jane Eyre, The Fall of the House of Usher and The Woman in White.
● I’ve written on the London Fictions site about Orwell’s depiction of London in 1984 ow.ly/To8O9
● My latest post on the Psychology Today site is about whether the Victorian asylum allowed the wealthy to evade justice ow.ly/MWen3
Other Psychology Today posts consider the earliest days of Broadmoor Hospital/Asylum for the Criminally Insane;
Charlotte Bronte and Bertha Mason;
Victorian wives who had sane husbands certified as lunatics;
Wilkie Collins’s novel The Woman in White (1860);
the UK’s past and current mistreatment of the mentally ill;
how religious enthusiasm could lead to an accusation of lunacy;
and the Victorian diagnosis ‘monomania’.