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The Workhouse


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'A readable and impressively-researched history of the workhouse...comprehensive and moving' Punch

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Norman Longmate was born in Berkshire, and educated at Christ's Hospital. After war service he read modern history at Worcester College, Oxford. He subsequently worked as a journalist in Fleet Street, as a producer of history programmes for the BBC, and for the BBC Secretariat. In 1981 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and in 1983 he left the BBC to become a full-time writer. He has written more than twenty books, mainly on the Second World War and on Victorian social history. He has frequently been employed as an historical adviser for film and television.


Excellent... Longmate's achievement in this moving history, like Henry Mayhew's in London Labour and the London Poor, has been to record the experiences of people who, friendless and despairing, otherwise left few traces of themselves behind -- Matt Shinn * New Statesman *
Norman Longmate has a reputation for careful research among original documents and a lively sense of anecdote, and this history of the Victorian workhouse amply demonstrates both qualities * The Times *
It is a strength of Norman Longmate's finely researched book that it is filled with such human reminders that the people who lived out meagre lives behind the high walls were living beings * Spectator *

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