Excellent account of several historical events and characters in Cardiff’s history and the wider societal context. The author paints a vivid picture of a long disappeared way of life, at times gruesome, amusing, heartbreaking, and shocking. Mad Jack the Landlord could probably carry a book on his own, and there were several other characters and events equally worthy of further expansion and reading. Essential reading for anyone interested in Cardiff’s local history, or the wider field of criminal history and police procedures.
D. Lloyd, 5 out of 5 stars. Verified Purchase on Amazon.co.uk.
Great read for anyone interested in Cardiff.
I’ve downloaded all of John Wake’s books on the Kindle. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them all, learning the history of places I’ve known for many years but had no idea of their backstory. I wish there were more!LM, 5 out of 5 stars. Verified Purchase on Amazon.co.uk.
Fabulous, especially if you are Cardiffian.
Very good read.+dai, 5 out 5 stars. Verified Purchase on Amazon.co.uk.
Released in 2017, Cardiff – Those Cruel and Savage Streets: A selection of cases from Cardiff Police archives from Victorian times to the 1970s has received rave reviews.
As a growing seaport in the Victorian era, Cardiff had all the trappings of wealth, but there was an underclass, an underprivileged mass who inhabited the backstreets. With large families, decaying accommodation and little money, the end result was drunkenness and crime. Cardiff – Those Cruel and Savage Streets tells the injustice and tragedy of these stories, all the way up to the 1970s.
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