A Better Life, by Olive Besagni

A Better Life, by Olive Besagni

A Better Life, by Olive Besagni, subtitled 'A History of London's Italian Immigrant Families in Clerkenwell's Little Italy in the 19th and 20th Centuries'

Published by the Camden History Society in 2011, 162 pages. Paperback (N5270)

From the rear side cover: This collection of almost 40 oral histories tells the stories of Italian families who emigrated to the slums of Clerkenwell, London from the early 19th century onwards in search of a better life than in the poverty­ stricken rural hamlets of Northern, and later Southern, Italy. It vividly describes their courage in the face of hardship, their childhood preoccupations and family loyalties, their teachers and mentors, the trades and careers in which they endeavoured to gain a livelihood, their marriages within and without the community and the Catholic faith, the devastating effects of two World Wars on these families, their sicknesses, tragedies and triumphs. All illustrated by precious family photographs.

The condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.
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