A Child of the Jago

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A Child of the Jago
The Old Jago.jpg
A sketch of the Old Jago from the first American edition of A Child of the Jago, 1896
Author Arthur Morrison
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Published 1896
Media type Print

A Child of the Jago is an 1896 novel by Arthur Morrison.


A bestseller in its time,[1] it recounts the brief life of Dicky Perrott, a child growing up in the "Old Jago", a fictionalisation of the Old Nichol,[2] a slum located between Shoreditch High Street and Bethnal Green Road in the East End of London.

In popular culture[edit]

The book and author were used as a plot point in a 1991 episode of Rumpole of the Bailey, "Rumpole for the Prosecution".

The Kaiser Chiefs released the song "Child of the Jago" on their 2012 album The Future Is Medieval.


  1. ^ Worpole, Ken (18 July 2008). "The Blackest Streets, by Sarah Wise - Dirt, death and decency". The Independent. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Gould, Mark (21 June 2006). "Battle of the boundary". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 

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