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City of Beasts - OH publishes new social history of animals in Georgian London

Thomas Williams (Th 98) is to publish his first book, City of Beasts, in May 2019 (Manchester University Press). The book examines the contributions made by animals in shaping Georgian London.

City of Beasts - Publishing in May 2019
City of Beasts - Publishing in May 2019

Dr Tom Almeroth-Williams (Th 98) has been in contact to tell us that his first book will be published by the Manchester University Press on 31st May 2019: City of Beasts: How Animals Shaped Georgian London.

Often we think as cities being shaped by humans, but a key part of their development involved animals as the prime source of transport and of food. Whether we think of the great coaching inns made famous by Dickens (or indeed Thomas Hughes in Tom Brown's Schooldays), or the wide streets and large market spaces, we can immediately see how animals were planned into urban life.

Moving away from the philosophical, fictional and humanitarian sources which have dominated English animal studies, Tom's book instead focuses on evidence of tangible, dung-bespattered interactions between real people and animals drawn from legal, parish, commercial, newspaper and private records. Consequently, as Tom suggests, the book will offer new insights into the lived experiences of Georgian Londoners, as well as the workings and character of a city about which we still have much to discover.

More about the book and how to pre-order it...

More information about the book can be found here
You can pre-order Thomas's book here

A Little about Tom since he left Haileybury...

Thomas Almeroth-Williams (fellow Thomason OHs will remember him as Thomas Williams (Almeroth is his middle name)) is a Research Associate of the University of York where he gained a PhD in history in 2014. He works on British social history in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. For more than a decade, he has been researching the contribution which horses, livestock and dogs made in Georgian London, as well as the huge challenges they posed.

Alongside his research, Thomas is a heritage and Higher Education communications specialist. Currently employed by the University of Cambridge, he has also represented The National Gallery, Historic Royal Palaces and SAVE Britain’s Heritage.

As he writes, "I would just like to add that I will always be grateful to the excellent History and English teachers who taught me at Haileybury, above all the inspirational Nicholas Jardine who encouraged my love of writing from Lower School right up to Upper Sixth."



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