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I'm reading this for novel research, but still finding it fascinating. This is the seedier part of English society of which you get a glimpse if you've read anything Dickens wrote. Ever wonder what a costermonger is? Want to know the difference between the "professional ring" (illegal prizefighting) and amateur matches under Queensbury rules? All here. If you love Victorian society (or want to know about the sketchy underworld you glimpse in the new Sherlock Holmes movies), this is the book for ...more