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Songs of Innocence: The Story of British Childhood

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ISBN: 9781843548966    Publisher: Atlantic Books Year of publishing: 2012     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 304        
As recently as one hundred years ago British children existed in ways now unthinkable; boys as young as eight worked gruelling hours in unlit factories; girls were sold into sexual slavery with dolls still...Read more
As recently as one hundred years ago British children existed in ways now unthinkable; boys as young as eight worked gruelling hours in unlit factories; girls were sold into sexual slavery with dolls still in their grasp; and boys at schools like Rugby and Harrow were brutally trained for their future at the helm of Britain's vast red empire. In Songs of Innocence Fran Abrams charts the transformation of childhood in the UK from early Victorian disagreements about child-rearing to the Scouts' very direct involvement in the First World War. Poignant first-hand accounts of poverty and deprivation as well as innocent pleasures carry the reader through a Dickensian landscape of urchins and Fauntleroys, the cosseted lives of Edwardian children to the self-sufficient charges of Baden-Powell. Fran Abrams draws distinctions along class lines and divisions such as town and country, Romantic and conservative, to achieve a historical perspective shows the progression of the idea of childhood through a century of massive social change brought about by urbanization, war and medico-psychological advances.
Songs of Innocence employs searing personal testimony and immaculate research to provide a fascinating exposition of the past and a mirror for the present.
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About the author: Fran Abrams
Fran Abrams is an investigative journalist and author. She makes regular documentaries for BBC Radio 4's File on 4 programme, and also writes for the Guardian... Read more
Fran Abrams is an investigative journalist and author. She makes regular documentaries for BBC Radio 4's File on 4 programme, and also writes for the Guardian and other newspapers. She has written three books. The first two, Below the Breadline, about life on the minimum wage, and Freedom's Cause, about the suffragettes, were published by Profile Books. The third, Seven Kings - a portrait of a group of teenagers at a school in east London - was by Atlantic Books. Fran, who is originally from Stockport, now lives in Suffolk.
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