A child of the Jago (1896) PDF novel by Arthur Morrison

A child of the Jago novel

A child of the Jago Novel
A child of the Jago


A bestseller in its time, it recounts the brief life of Dicky Perrott, a child growing up in the "Old Jago", a fictionalization of the Old Nichola slum located between Shoreditch High Street and Bethnal Green Road in the East End of London. The late nineteenth-century English novelist George Gissing, who read the novel on Christmas Day 1896, felt that it was "poor stuff".

The Jago is a seriously deprived area in which hardly anyone has honest employment or any prospect of it. Existence is solely about survival on a day-to-day basis. Money is squandered in gambling or on drink and tobacco, and children go unfed. In such an environment survival is a matter of ruthlessness and opportunism.

Because of the prevailing poverty of the Jago, crime is the only practical means of income for most residents. Everything that can be stolen is fair game, and the weak are preyed upon by the strong. Violence is endemic and extreme. We see Dicky savagely beaten by his father for stealing a watch, a watch which Josh immediately goes out and sells. In shocking scenes of violence Sally Green is repeatedly stabbed in the face with a broken bottle by Nora Walsh, and a carman, venturing into the citadel of the Jago is robbed and kicked unconscious.


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