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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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Great story and brilliantly read. But the quality of recording was obviously old and would benefit from being remastered. Especially as it wasn’t a cheap buy

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  • Gregg L. Newby
  • 03-07-18

A little-known masterpiece, masterfully performed

Arthur Morrison’s short novel about a fictional Victorian slum called the Jago might best be described as Dickens without the sentimentality. It follows a young boy’s coming of age in a ragtag world of poverty and violence. A searing piece of social criticism, it receives a masterful interpretation in this recording, with a capable narrator who is able to evoke moods and bring life to characters through nothing more than inflection and tone. If you’re drawn to fiction from bygone eras, you’ll be well pleased with this recording.

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  • Leslie King
  • 08-03-12

Great historically accurate read

If you could sum up A Child of the Jago in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, historical, dark.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Little Dicky of course followed by the priest.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the neglected baby dies, it was heartbreaking and I think such a sad reminder of what people are capable of.