In The Streets Anthony Quinn reconstructs an unforgettable picture of Victorian London, encompassing the extremes of privilege and privation, from the baronial mansions of the rich to the ‘whited tombs’ of the slums. With shocking poignancy and pin-sharp detail he brings to life a world of terrible degradation, yet one redeemed by dark comedy, profound fellow-feeling and the enduring possibility of love. Anthony Quinn was born in Liverpool in 1964. Since 1998 he has been the film critic of the Independent.
In The Streets Anthony Quinn reconstructs an unforgettable picture of Victorian London, encompassing the extremes of privilege and privation, from the baronial mansions of the rich to the 'whited tombs' of the slums. His second novel, HALF OF THE HUMAN RACE, was released in spring 2011. THE STREETS, Anthony's newest book, is set to be published by Johnathan Cape in October 2012. Books by Anthony Quinn. Mor. rivia About The Streets.
Anthony Quinn (also this newspaper's film critic) has courageously taken this second route. The Streets is also a thriller. The flawed Wildeblood is brought face-to-face with the flaws of those around him as he is drawn into the murky world of Victorian do-gooders whose motives are not quite as pure as they may seem. It leads to him become an inmate of a Dickensian workhouse and risk his life to get to the bottom of who is profiting by the abject misery of poor. But Dickens is perhaps the wrong name to highlight here.
In his third novel, Anthony Quinn transports his readers to poverty-stricken Somers Town in late 19th-century London; the once "labyrinthine streets and courts", nestled between King's Cross and Euston, that were home to some of the city's poorest inhabitants. The novel opens in 1882. Twenty-one-year-old David Wildeblood arrives in London to join the staff of The Labouring Classes of London, a weekly paper owned by charismatic Henry Marchmont, which chronicles the habits, occupations and earnings of the working man and woman.
Anthony Quinn's characters are drawn so vividly, their personalities formed by their attitudes and morals shine off the page. This is not the easiest book to get into, and may not be for everyone, but as the tale unfolds it well repays the perseverance of the reader. 4 people found this helpful.
David Wildeblood, an idealistic young journalist, pounds the streets of Camden reporting on the notorious slums. The misery and squalor surprise him, but more shocking still is the realisation that someone is profiting from this destitution. Powerful and heartfelt. Ms Eliot and Mr Dickens would surely approve’ Sunday Telegraph.
One minor story in the tale is of a desperate widowed mother, clinging to a home that’s been condemned for demolition.
From the author of Half of the Human Race (Channel 4 TV Book Club) comes an intricate and thrilling tale of love and conspiracy in Victorian London. David Wildeblood, an idealistic young journalist, pounds the streets of Camden reporting on the notorious slums.
He is horrified by the squalor and despair of the streets. A broken-down doctor makes him see the fragility of gentility: If someone of his education and class can fall through the net. You are currently logged out.
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