Cheek by Jowl: A History of Neighbours
A charming, funny, intelligent study of the history of neighbours from a talented young historian.
Almost everyone has a neighbour. Neighbours can enrich or ruin our lives. They fascinate and worry us in equal measure. Soap operas watched by millions play with every lurid permutation of relationships in fictional neighbourhoods. Disputes over gigantic Leylandii and noise nuisance turn nasty and fill newspaper columns. These stories have a rich history - as long as we have lived in shelters, we have had neighbours.
Emily Cockayne traces the story of the British neighbour through nine centuries - spanning Medieval, Tudor and Victorian periods, two world wars and up to today's modern, virtual world. Cheek by Jowl is social history at its most colourful and compelling and puts the people back in the houses and the houses back on the streets.
"Vivid and absorbing...like all good history, it leaves the reader wanting to know more" - Peter Wilby, New Statesman
"Intelligent, instructive and brightly funny" - Iain Finlayson, The Times
"A lively study of neighbourly relations." - Philippa Stockley, Sunday Telegraph
"A fine book packed with generosity, rivalry, misbehaviour, snobbery, love, murder and politics." - Alistair Mabbott, The Herald
"I enjoyed Cockayne's book immediately" - Rebecca Armstrong, Independent
"This curtain-twitching account is bottom-up history at its breezy best" - Michael Kerrigan, Scotsman
"A great read" - Penelope Lively, Spectator
"An entirely delightful history of neighbour relations since the Middle Ages" - Rupert Uloth, Country Life
"A brisk but impressively comprehensive survey." - Reader's Digest
"A very detailed historical survey of the upside and the downside of neighbouring since about 1300." - Peter Lewis, Daily Mail