The Secret History of Our Streets - London: A Social History Through the Houses and Streets We Live In

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BBC Books, 2012 - London (England) - 346 pages
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"In a modern version of a classic survey from the 19th century, where Charles Booth [(1840-1916)] spent 17 years exploring the social and economic conditions of every street in Victorian London, this ... book tells the story of six London streets and the people who lived there. The selection represents the wifdest possible picture of the city both socially and geographically; from Deptford High Street, Camberwell Grove and Reverdy Road in the south, to Caledonian Road in the north, Portland Road in the west and Arnold Circus in the east. Each has a fascinating history of its own, from the rich being pushed out by the super-rich in Notting Hill to the first public housing scheme being launched at Arnold Circus. Together, however, their stories reveal the big underlying forces that have shaped London for thye last 130 years: gentrification, migration, slum clearances, property speculation, and the rural being subsumed by a growing metropolis. ..."--Book jacket.

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About the author (2012)

Joseph Bullman is a documentary writer and director. His documentaries include The Crime Scene Cleaner, the award-winnning The Man Who Bought Mustique and his Lars von Trier collaboration, England is Mine. He

received a BAFTA nomination for Best Director for his The Seven Sins of England.

Neil Hegarty is the author of Story of Ireland, which accompanied the BBC series, and Dublin: A View from the Ground. His journalism has appeared in the Irish Times and Daily Telegraph and he has written radio documentaries for RTE.

Brian Hill is a triple BAFTA-winning film maker who works in both drama and documentary for cinema and television. He pioneered the documentary musical with films such as Feltham Sings. Hill is also Managing Director of acclaimed production company, Century Films.

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