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Round About A Pound A Week Maud Pember Reeves Round About A Pound A Week This is a study of working class life in Lambeth London in the early years of the th century that is witty readable poignant and fascinating In a group of women all of them members of the

  • Title: Round About A Pound A Week
  • Author: Maud Pember Reeves
  • ISBN: 9781903155691
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Paperback
  • Round About A Pound A Week Maud Pember Reeves This is a study of working class life in Lambeth, London, in the early years of the 20th century that is witty, readable, poignant and fascinating.In 1909 a group of women, all of them members of the feminist, left wing Fabian Women s Group, would regularly leave their comfortable homes in Kensington and Hampstead and call on forty two families in Lambeth in order to interThis is a study of working class life in Lambeth, London, in the early years of the 20th century that is witty, readable, poignant and fascinating.In 1909 a group of women, all of them members of the feminist, left wing Fabian Women s Group, would regularly leave their comfortable homes in Kensington and Hampstead and call on forty two families in Lambeth in order to interview them about their everyday life They wrote down their findings and in 1912 these were written up as a twenty page Fabian Tract which Maud Pember Reeves 1865 1953 and her co author Charlotte Wilson decided to turn into the snappily titled Round about a Pound a Week The sixteen chapters, covering such topics as Housing, Thrift, Food and Mothers Days, resulted in a book of stunning interest and originality which has never really been rivalled in the nearly 100 years since first publication in 1913.
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    1. I ve read this book many times in my life, starting from when I was quite small, because it was written by my Great Great Grandmother, Maud Pember Reeves Every time I ve read it I ve been full of pride for her clear headed research into the living conditions of the respectable working poor in Edwardian Lambeth, but since I ve been an adult each re reading has been accompanied by despair that the points she made so cogently still need to be made today People are all too eager to believe the worst [...]

    2. What a fascinating book The Fabian Society, a socialist group, did a study of poor but not destitute mothers in London in 1909 11 The idea was to give nursing mothers an allowance of milk for themselves only, for 3 months before and 9 months after they gave birth and to study what difference this made to the health of the new baby compared with their other children they all had several The mothers who were selected had husbands in steady work who gave their wives a housekeeping allowance of arou [...]

    3. A classic book in many ways, primarily as emblematic of turn of the century Fabian feminism, and at the same time one of the first serious studies of working class women.It is heartbreaking.I read a large chunk of it in a most horrific yet insanely trendy and expensive hotel we had been put up in last minute as a result of an error in arrangements for a panel The Mondrian God People there dripped money and it heaved with staff anxious to help them and extremely expensive art in terribly bad tast [...]

    4. This book, published in 1913, is truly outstanding, and by the original definition of the word outstanding Which means that such a thing book or not stands out among others of its kind And in this book Maud Pember Reeves did something that truly stood out Over the prior century many, many books and articles had been published in Britain about the household economies of the poor, at first tut tutting over the perceived inability of the poor to responsibly manage their cash outlays and then only b [...]

    5. Book describes the lives of working class families living on you guessed it from the title a pound a week between 1909 and 1913.This book hits back at people who say the poor should manage their money back and feed their kids better The classic example is porridge there was a big campaign by well meaning middle classes to try and get people to eat porridge What they failed to note was that although oats were affordable to the families in this book, milk and the gas to heat the porridge was not [...]

    6. This simple little book should be compulsory reading for anyone feeling sorry for themselves because they are short of money Less than 100 years ago respectable people with a reasonable steady job living in Lambeth area would have to be able to keep a family maybe with 6 8 children on round about a pound a week But the most shocking part of it was that over 5% of each week s money had to go on Burial Insurance because if even the tiniest child had to be buried in a paupers grave the breadwinner [...]

    7. Written in 1913 as the result of what we would now call an intensive round of social work and observation among working class families in Lambeth, London, Round About a Pound a Week offers a shocking insight in the daily lives of the not even very poor in early twentieth century England We are shown the remarkable ingenuity of women in stretching the 20 weekly shillings coming in, the nonsensical advice of well meaning middle class visitors advising the women to buy fresh milk, not realizing tha [...]

    8. Brilliant, contemporary social history A Fabian Society project to chronicle the lives of working class families surviving, barely, on wages of one pound a week These were not the poorest of families, having a breadwinner with a respectable and reliable job Yet these were below subsistence wages The unspoken question is how do the poorer families survive Alongside The Classic Slum as an illuminating study from first hand of the lives of poor people in the early 20th century,

    9. This book discusses the findings of a study on poor families in the years before WWI Participants who were expecting babies were given a little extra nourishment for the mother and baby Part of the point of the study was to see the extent to which this assistance improved the health of the baby compared to the babies of families in similar circumstances without this assistance Most of the point ended up being simply examining the lives of these families by visiting them once a week and asking th [...]

    10. A fascinating, memorable, remarkably readable and rather important book.At the turn of the 20th century, the Fabians had the astonishing idea that they might actually do some research instead of just finger wagging at the financially struggling for their poor management During home nurse visits after childbirth, they nosed into people s living arrangements and finances and perhaps critically into why people made the financial choices they did from whether to risk moving in search of better work [...]

    11. This book was great It was laid out really simply, was easy to understand I m really impressed at how readable it was this type of prose is not really what you expect from 1911, but if it wasn t for the references to shillings, and the horrendous living conditions, you d think it was much recent It was also a bit like reading Few eggs, no oranges in that while it documented some absolutely amazingly awful conditions, you had a lot of respect for the people coping with them This book was written [...]

    12. A compelling account of research done by the Fabian Society in Edwardian London, the narratives of respectable working poor families in Lambeth it is clear to see despite often the parents best efforts their children are underfed, under housed and I sufficiently clothed the children suffer than the adults, and that s saying something when looking at the life of the mother, who often stays in doors because she goes without shoes The distress of the chapter about burial insurance child bereavemen [...]

    13. It was very interesting to read about the terrible living conditions for the working poor in the early 1900s The working poor today are not so very different today, I think, with one great exception, at least in most first world countries excluding America there is no constant threat of bankruptcy for medical reasons, because healthcare is provided by all, for all.I would be very interested to know what an equivalent wage to the 1 a week would be in today s money And not just a direct conversion [...]

    14. v thought provoking They survived or at least existed on only just a little than my little part time job brings in with families twice sometimes 3 times the size of mine makes me appreciate what we have a little , not just money but time and space as well The book comes to the conclusion that to improve the well being of children some kind of allawance paid by the state is required, a quick google search, and we can see that they started to pay Family Allowance, now child benefit, in around 194 [...]

    15. Shortly before the First World War, the Fabian Women s Group investigated the conditions of working class families in Lambeth, and found them sleeping four to a bed, with a baby in a banana crate and mice on the clothes line By analysing the tiny budgets of railway carriage washers and feather cleaners assistants, its report refuted the idea that the poor were habitually improvident, and made a powerful case for the minimum wage Children of the decimal age may be daunted by some of the tables, b [...]

    16. Had to read it for a university course It wasn t the most intriguing read, but it did meticulously point out that being poor during that time did not mean that the women didn t care, they spent money on coffin insurance than they should have just because that s what society dictates I can t be sure if that s totally right, I read it a few years back.

    17. Can be compared to Nickled and Dimed but set in England a century earlier.Fascinating and persuasive.

    18. A very good book for all the social historians and those doing family trees how the housewives of the early 1900 s managed on a pound a week.

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