Kate's Reviews > Dr. Johnson's London: Coffee-Houses and Climbing Boys, Medicine, Toothpaste and Gin, Poverty and Press-Gangs, Freakshows and Female Education

Dr. Johnson's London by Liza Picard
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Mar 02, 11

bookshelves: history, non-fiction, british-history
Read from January 03 to February 26, 2011

The only reason this book took me so long to finish is that I read it aloud to my husband at bedtime. Picard creates a fascinating account of life in 18th century London, and the best part is definitely the largest, first section that deals with the poorest element. The descriptions are very visual, easy to read, and fascinating. Picard also writes with a good sense of humor, making for some laugh out loud moments. And her research is impeccable, working with original sources. Highly recommended.
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