Kat Latham's Reviews > The Gaol: The Story of Newgate, London's Most Notorious Prison

The Gaol by Kelly Grovier
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May 20, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read from May 20 to 23, 2012

This is a totally engrossing look into the history of London's most notorious jail, showing how British attitudes toward crime and punishment changed over 800-odd years. There are some absolutely horrific acts described, and at points I had to stop reading. Even so, I finished the book in four days, reading it on every train journey, lunch break and free moment.

It's full of fantastic details about the prison buildings, as well as the prisoners and employees. My only complaint was that some passages felt over-written, and I had to reread them to understand the point the author was making. But when he focuses on the human stories, the work really shines.
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