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Into the Abyss: The Life and Work of George R.Sims

by W.J. Fishman, with a preface by Beryl Bainbridge
£9.99   paperback  Elliott & Thompson Limited (2007)

Into the Abyss: The Life and Work of George R.Sims by W.J. Fishman, with a preface by Beryl Bainbridge The social historican and academic W.J. Fishman has become world-renowned for his many accounts chronicling the working-class history of London's East End. Now approaching his ninth decade, he has written yet another vivid account of the life and work of the Victorian journalist, George R. Sims.
 
The author believes that Sims' writing and lectures did as much as the work of Charles and William Booth in laying the foundations of the movement to introduce government directed social welfare in the late 19th century and beyond. Indeed, Beryl Bainbridge, in her Preface, argues that Sims did more to highlight the plight of the poor in Victorian London than Charles Dickens.
 
Yet Sims was also a robust, controversial and thoroughly engaging individual. He even wrote the now somewhat forgotten monologue, Christmas Day in the Workhouse, and Beryl Bainbridge's splendid Preface ends with her remembering her annual recital of the famous work.

ISBN 13: 9781904027638 | ISBN 10: 1904027636