When I first encountered Edwin Long’s “The Babylonian Marriage Market” hanging in the Picture Gallery at Royal Holloway, University of London, I remember being quite struck by it. The painting depicts a scene from a marriage market in Ancient Babylon where women were auctioned off as wives. The beautiful amongst …

For many of us the words “poverty” and “homelessness” conjure up images from so-called third world countries: half-naked skeletal children, women carrying heavy water pots on their heads, droughts, floods, wars, and refugee camps. It may come as a surprise to some that many people in developed countries also suffer …