Charles Dickens describes here his time as an insomniac, when he decided to cure himself by walking through London in the small hours, and discovered homelessness, drunkenness and vice on the streets. In further essays, Dickens also writes of his day as a lost child in the city, and the flourishing variety of betting shops, from adapted tobacconist to mahogany office.
Throughout history some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.
Paperback, 128 pages.