New Edition posted Feb 2016 Under the pen name Barry G.The East End of London, Victorian London 1884. The crowded tenements, the poor standard of living, the diseases, the crime and the vice are all inhabitants of this darkest of places, yet people here are not insular nor vying to be better than their neighbour’s. This is an environment where everyone looks out for one anNew Edition posted Feb 2016 Under the pen name Barry G.The East End of London, Victorian London 1884. The crowded tenements, the poor standard of living, the diseases, the crime and the vice are all inhabitants of this darkest of places, yet people here are not insular nor vying to be better than their neighbour’s. This is an environment where everyone looks out for one another, where despite poverty, friendship is watchword and this is the world in which twelve-year-old Alice Kettle sweeps her street crossing, keeping it clear for people to cross the road without the detritus of Victorian traffic fouling their person. A job she does to earn pennies to help support her mother’s family through these hard times. Alice however is an unsuspecting target for that most foul of purveyors of human flesh, the purchasers of young girls who take them from their homes and then force them to work in the high class brothels which are mostly frequented by the moneyed classes. Charlie Atkin has Alice in his sights and he sets his devious plans into action in order to make a pretty penny from the appropriation of Alice, this despite the efforts of the Social Sisters movement to change the laws on the current age of consent and prostitution in general. A book that follows Alice through the trials that await her as her life is suddenly turned on her head. Will she escape her fate?...
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East End Alice Reviews
This book grabbed me from the start with its gritty, dark image of late 1880s London's East End and the vivid, raw representation of its characters. I have always been fascinated by the history and images of the period, and this book delivers that. One of the first things to draw me was the author’s use of dialect. The depiction of the abject poverty of the people that lived in London’s East End was heart breaking, but the character of Alice was heart warming and uplifting.Before reading the book, I delved into the author’s page at Amazon. Charley B. is a writer of erotica, but this book is not erotica at all. Instead, the author begins each chapter with excerpts and snippets illustrating the history of the fight in England for social reform pertaining to the prostitution and forced enslavement of young girls in the brothels that catered to the upper class. The book is quite enlightening and educational, while at the same time, entertaining. It moves at a fast pace and is never boring.On the other hand, the novel is in dire need of a good editor, beginning with the first sentence, “Josephine’s Butler was the leading figure in the ‘Social Purity movement’ that she herself founded.” The incorrect use of the possessive had me thinking that her butler was the leading figure in the movement. I don’t think the author meant to say that. There were many similar errors throughout the book. Regardless of these, I really enjoyed the book and would gladly recommend it.
‘East End Alice’ is a story about a twelve-year-old girl, who was very poor and barely surviving in the East End of London with her mother. She was subsequently sold into slavery in order to live, and unfortunately, through a sequence of events, ends up working as a maid in an elite brothel. Then, unfortunately, the sleazy owners of this brothel see an opportunity to prosper using young Alice and push her into prostitution.Without revealing any more of the plot, I will only note that this story to me, strangely enough, is a 'feel-good' story. It's not a tragedy as you would think. That in itself is important. 19th Century England was in the process of developing laws against child prostitution. Which brings to the forefront the actual fates of children who are currently being sold into slavery and trafficked into prostitution.This is where the emotion comes into play for me. I felt sad and despondent for Alice. There were times it seemed there was no way out for her, but therein comes the turn around. This book is a ‘feel good’ book. Really!I loved the Cockney English used throughout the book. It made the story more authentic to me and also brought memories of reading Charles Dickens’ novels, which were set in one of my favorite period of time. I write erotica, and have never read another book by this author, but have to say, I am looking forward to reading his other novels.This is an intriguing look into Victorian England and has an eerie connection to modern day life.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.The setting and use of language were reminiscent of Charles Dickens. I was prepared for a delightful story about a young girl in London. Unfortunately the version I was given to read was so in need of copy editing, I was taken completely out of the story on a number of occasions. This is the principle reason I am only able to give it three stars. I believe the writer’s intention was to humanize the late nineteenth century British legislation that raised the legal age of consent from thirteen to sixteen and included other provisions related to the sex trade. There were times when the writer showed sparks of genius. Here I was drawn in, only to be disappointed a moment later. I especially enjoyed the times when the writer would address comments to the reader: “So those are the gaps filled in our tale, and now we are called to the Old Bailey on the due date to hear what was now to take place.”The writer indicates a belief that “sin” is an activity which society frowns upon, rather than an attitude or condition of a person’s character or nature. There are numerous accounts of the two faced hypocritical politicians of the time. A warning to the reader—this is a story about the sex trade in late nineteenth century London. There is common use of graphic language and descriptions of activities associated with prostitution.
I've read a few of this author's books now, and this is a distinct departure from his normal fair of historical erotica, it seems Charlie B. is very capable of writing other genres successfully. This Victorian melodrama concerns a poor East End girl who's mother is manipulated into selling her to a brothel to keep a roof over the head of her other children.There are themes similar to Oliver Twist, with a rich benefactor and evil exploitative 'baddies' but despite much of the story taking place in a brothel, the content is not in the least salacious. As a Londoner myself, the accents were overwhelmingly well done, except for the characters pronouncing 'my' instead of 'me'. I found the history tidbits about the political climate at the beginning of each chapter fascinating, it brought the story a distinct air of realism.This is a fine historical tale, slightly marred by the same faults as the author's other books; a confusion between plural and possessive, some hugely long sentences (50+ words in a few cases) and other missing punctuation. in addition, there was an occasional, and wholly unnecessary omnipotent narrator that I found rather irritating.
East End Alice is about a 12 year old girl living with her mother in East End, London. A nasty character comes into her life, and gets her sold into slavery, working as a maid in a high end brothel in London. The rather evil owners of the brothel sees poor Alicia as a future prospect for a new prostitute. Without revealing any more of the plot, I will only note that this to me is a 'feel-good' story, it's not a tragedy, and that in itself is an important point. It's not nice to read tragedies involving a child and prostitution.The story is paralleled by the real development of legislation against child prostitution in England in the late 19th century. Reading the novel made me think a lot about the fates of children traficked into prostitution today. It's a really horrible situation.I really enjoyed reading East End Alice. The dialogue took getting used to, as much of it is written in Cockney English, but that really adds to the authenticity of the novel. I highly recommend this novel!I received a free copy in exhange for an honest review.
FunA good book easy to read. Plot moved along and was enjoyable makes you smile Will read more by this author