London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew

This book provides a comprehensive look into the lives of the working poor in 19th century London. The author offers an in-depth analysis of the socio-economic conditions of the time, detailing the struggles and hardships faced by the city's lower classes. The book includes interviews with a wide range of people, from street-sellers and chimney sweeps to beggars and thieves, offering a vivid and often grim picture of Victorian London. It is considered an important social document for its first-hand account of the realities of urban poverty.

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