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Round about a pound a week

Round about a pound a week

Reeves, Maud Pember

With sixteen chapter's covering such topics as housing, thrift, food and mothers' days, this title presents a study of working-class life in Lambeth in the early years of the twentieth century. This is an important study of working-class life in Lambeth in the early years of the twentieth century which even has tables of figures (weekly expenditure etc). But it is extremely readable, fascinating, poignant and compassionate - as well as being relevant today. In 1909 a group of women, all of them member's of the feminist, left-wing Fabian Women's Group, would regularly leave their comfortable homes in Kensington and Hampstead and call on forty-two families in Lambeth in order to interview them about their everyday life. They wrote down their findings in tiny lined notebooks and in 1912 these were written up as a twenty-page Fabian Tract, 'Family Life on a Pound a Week'.Once the tract had appeared Maud Pember Reeves turned it into "Round about a Pound a Week" with sixteen chapter's covering such topics as housing, thrift, food and mothers' days, producing a book of stunning interest and originality which has never really been rivalled in the hundred years since the first publication in 1913. 'A book addressed to a middle class world of power and condescension' - (Polly Toynbee), its mixture of factual rigour, wit and polemic remains unique

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London : Persephone Books Ltd : [distributor] Gardners Books Ltd 2008
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Statement of responsibility: Maud Pember Reeves
Distributor: London: Persephone Books Ltd; [distributor] Gardners Books Ltd, 2008
ISBN: 190315569X, 9781903155691
Note: Paperback.
Physical Description: 240 p. ; 20x13x2 cm.
Subject: London (England) Economic conditions.; Social & cultural history c 1900 - c 1914 London, Greater London.; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000 c 1900 - c 1914 London, Greater London.; History.; British & Irish history c 1900 - c 1914 London, Greater London.