“Yallop gets hold of her ideas with attractive energy and enthusiasm... A fascinating book.”

The Financial Times


“Dreamstreets takes on a subject that could easily become twee and nostalgic with a fretful, haunted tone... The descriptions of place, surface and mood are sharp and tangible”

The Guardian


“Personal impressions and political commentary are combined to compelling effect”

The Independent


“Yallop teases out the paradoxes and tensions of the paternalist philosophy behind the model village idea... [She] tells an interesting story well.”

The Scotsman


Published by Jonathan Cape, June 2015, ISBN 0224098276

paperback  June 2016, ISBN  0099584638

Twenty years ago, Jacqueline began her working life leading guided walks at a small village high in the fells of the North Pennines. Built by philanthropic employers for families working the lead mines, the isolated settlement was one of a network of ‘model’ villages which sprang up across Britain during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Dreamstreets re-visits some of these utopian experiments to explore their rich histories and to understand the social, political and cultural contexts from which they emerged, tracing what remains today of the impulses and ideals which made these villages so fashionable.