When Thomas Barnardo arrived in East London in 1866, his plan was to train at the London Hospital before sailing to China to work as a missionary. The conditions he found in the East End stopped him in his tracks. The unemployment, poverty, overcrowding, drinking and disease were bad enough, but seeing thousands of half-starved children living on the streets broke his heart. By the time of his death he had helped 100,000 children and his work continues to this day. Doctor of the Lost is the fictionalised story of Dr Barnardo’s early years in East London.
London Books, 9780956815521