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David Charnick

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The Dark Side of East London

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Death and the City

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Behind the Curtains

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Dear Charnowalkers,Last time I mentioned how slow January...

Dear Charnowalkers,

Last time I mentioned how slow January can be - well, February's much the same! Especially when the weather is as unreliable as it has been. As I mentioned in the last post, my February tours were on the legal side, exploring crime and the law in the City and the East End. Most went ahead, but with small audiences.


My last tour of the month was 'To Make the Punishment Fit the Read more of this blog post »
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This is a biography that is full of detail, but yet very easy to read. it can happen that the detail in a work can after a while cause confusion. You forget names, or wonder about the significance of a detail. But here there's such good focus, with s ...more
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I was recommended to read these, and am so grateful for that recommendation. At first the style caused me to wonder - it vacillates between humorous caricature and serious action. But once you get into the swing you know exactly where you are. The se ...more
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I made the mistake of reading this before bed, thinking I could take it perhaps a chapter at a time. It's far too compelling. On the immediate level it seems like he's run out of inspiration and is resorting to a prequel for The Spy who Came In from ...more
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“It was an operation that Dr. Maturin had carried out at sea before, always in the fullest possible light and therefore on deck, and many of them had seen him do so.

Now they and all their mates saw him do it again: they saw Joe Plaice's scalp taken off, his skull bared, a disc of bone audibly sawn out, the handle turning solemnly; a three-shilling piece, hammered into a flattened dome by the armourer, screwed on over the hole; and the scalp replaced, neatly sewn up by the parson.

It was extremely gratifying - the Captain had been seen to go pale, and Barret Bonden too, the patient's cousin - blood running down Joe's neck regardless - brains clearly to be seen - something not to be missed for a mint of money - instructive, too - and they made the most of it.”
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