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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arthur Morrison Narrator: Peter Joyce Publisher: Assembled Stories Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN:
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A Child of the Jago is both thriller and condemnation of social conditions in the East End slums at the turn of the century. Boy hero Dicky Perrott is at heart full of humane instinct but his environment ensures his down fall. It was my fate to encounter a place in Shoreditch where children were born and reared in circumstances which gave them no reasonable chance of living decent lives: where they were born fore-damned to a criminal or semi criminal career. It was my experience to learn the ways of this place, to know its inhabitants, to talk with them, eat, drink and work with them.

Arthur Morrison The author, who rejected the label 'realist', doesn't minimise the violence of the community and A Child of the Jago is an exciting tale indeed.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 12/11/2013

    " Painful story of an impovershed family in London who must lie, steal and murder to feed themselves. Statement on the demoralizing effects of hunger, poverty and ghetto mentality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eugenia | 10/17/2013

    " I even cried when the baby died. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 1/9/2013

    " A completely absorbing tale of life in a London slum in the late 1880s. This is a book that I will read again and again - it is so real that you feel that you are part of it instead of being an onlooker. If you like Dickens you will love this.Can't rate it highly enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Jackson | 9/22/2012

    " The plight of everyone in this story is excruciating and utterly depressing to read. The despair and tragedy is literally non-stop. Yet somehow, through all the death and poverty and horror of the Victorian working class condition, there are moments of poignant beauty. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shardis | 6/7/2012

    " another college required reading book. This is what you get when you are an english major "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shaun Prescott | 12/8/2011

    " A stuffy old Victorian novel about the Old Nichol slums in East London, just before they were dismantled to make way for the Boundary Estate. Best read as an historical curio than a novel. I chased this up after reading about it in Lynsey Hanley's 'Estates'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Holdaway | 10/2/2011

    " I enjoyed this novel, despite its unrelenting bleakness I found an affinity with the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 4/6/2011

    " The plight of everyone in this story is excruciating and utterly depressing to read. The despair and tragedy is literally non-stop. Yet somehow, through all the death and poverty and horror of the Victorian working class condition, there are moments of poignant beauty. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shaun | 2/2/2010

    " A stuffy old Victorian novel about the Old Nichol slums in East London, just before they were dismantled to make way for the Boundary Estate. Best read as an historical curio than a novel. I chased this up after reading about it in Lynsey Hanley's 'Estates'. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shardis | 11/12/2007

    " another college required reading book. This is what you get when you are an english major "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 10/29/2007

    " Painful story of an impovershed family in London who must lie, steal and murder to feed themselves. Statement on the demoralizing effects of hunger, poverty and ghetto mentality. "

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About the Narrator

Peter Joyce trained at Rose Bruford College and won the Radio Prize. There followed a catalog of repertory work throughout the United Kingdom including two years at the prestigious Victoria Theatre, Stoke on Trent. His credits include appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the West End and he is currently the director of two companies: Assembled Stories, which records classic literature onto CD, and Past Present Science, for which he travels the world performing his one man shows about Galileo and Newton.