A History of Neighbours

288pp ILLUS 2012 OUT OF PRINT HA31




Cockayne traces the history of the British neighbour through nine centuries – spanning medieval, Tudor and Victorian periods, two world wars and up to today's virtual world. She discusses the way neighbour relations have changed over time and maps the complex emotional, sexual and economic threads of association between neighbours. As people lived more densely together, and lifestyles diversified, the potential for neighbour nuisance and jealousy grew. In contrast, where communities of people emerged who shared an employer or an economic predicament, solidarity and mutual supportiveness would ease the hardships of life. The book treats houses as vessels for living that enable us to fulfil, or frustrate us from fulfilling, our human potential.

The best kind of social history with plenty of fascinating – and gruesome – facts. INDEPENDENT