Most studies of the British working-class experience deal with labour aristocrats and the 'respectable poor'. Campbell Bunk gives the first full account of a 'rough', sub-proletarian community and the forces which moulded, changed, and eventually destroyed it.
Professor Jerry White teaches London history at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of an acclaimed trilogy of London from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. His most recent book is Zeppelin Nights, a social history of London during the First World War. He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by the University of London in 2005 and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
"A more lucid and penetrating analysis of an urban slum would be
hard to imagine... A most subtle and powerful evocation of life and
labour" -- Jeremy Seabrook * Guardian *
"A brilliant and searching study... I do not believe that even Henry Mayhew could have done greater or more sympathetic justice to the memory of 'Campbell Bunk' and its inhabitants" -- Victor Neuberg * British Book News *
"This is an enthralling book which comes as near as possible to understanding an urban community it its environment. It deserves to become a classic" * Planning Perspectives *