Bombers, Rioters and Police Killers
Violent Crime and Disorder in Victorian Britain
Simon Webb examines a dark aspect of life in Victorian Britain which is less well-known than the poisoners and serial killers: rioting and disorder, mob violence and terrorism. Among the topics covered are the Clerkenwell Outrage, when explosives detonated in the street killed 15 people and injured 120; the West End riots on Black Monday and Bloody Sunday; and the Aldersgate Underground bombing in 1897.
1919: Britain's Year of Revolution
Simon Webb describes the extraordinary yet almost-forgotten events of the year when many feared that Britain was in the grip of a ‘Bolshevik uprising’, with tanks deployed on the streets, police officers on strike and rebellious soldiers marching on the Houses of Parliament.
Growing Up in the Not-So-Friendly 'Baby Boomer' Years
Looking back to children’s education, play, home life and health in the 1950s, Simon Webb paints a realistic picture of childhood, often at odds with baby boomers’ own memories of those years. Using documented evidence and examples, he discusses topics including sexual abuse, juvenile crime, playground hazards, and fears about the new media of television and comics in the post-war decade, arguing that children’s lives today are far safer, healthier and happier.