The Worst Children's Jobs in History

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The Worst Jobs in History takes you back to the days when being a kid was no excuse for getting out of hard labour. This book tells the stories of all the children whose work fed the nation, kept trains running, and put clothes on everyone’s backs, over the last few hundred years of Britain’s history. No longer will you have to listen to your parents, grandparents, uncles, neighbours, and random old people in the Co-op telling you how much harder they had it in their day. Next time you find yourself in that situation, ask them if they were a jigger-turner or a turnip-picker in their young day. No? An orderly boy, perhaps? A stepper? Maybe they spent their weekends making matchboxes? Still no? Then they have no idea about the real meaning of hard work. With profiles and testimonies of real kids in rotten jobs, this book will tell you things you probably didn’t want to know about the back-breaking, puke-inducing reality of being a child in the past.

About Sir Tony Robinson

Sir Tony Robinson is most famous for playing the role of Baldrick in Blackadder but he made his first professional appearance at the age of thirteen in the original stage version of Oliver! and went on to appear with the Chichester Festival Theatre, the RSC and the National Theatre. He wrote and starred in Maid Marian And Her Merry Men, and presented Time Team for twenty years. He has made numerous factual series, including The Worst Jobs In History and Tony Robinson's Time Walks. He is a multi award-winning children's television writer and has authored many children's books including the history series Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders. He has also written several books for adults.

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Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders Joke Book
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Sir Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: Greeks and Romans
Sir Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: Greeks and Romans
Sir Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: World War I and World War II
Sir Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: World War I and World War II
Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: Pets
Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: Pets
Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders - World War I
Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders - World War I
Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: Inventions
Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: Inventions
Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders - World War II
Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders - World War II
Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders! Greeks
Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders! Greeks
Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders! British
Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders! British
Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders! Egyptians
Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders! Egyptians
Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders! Romans
Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders! Romans
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Bad Kids
The Worst Jobs In History
The Worst Jobs In History