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Victorian Farm [Hardcover]

Ruth Goodman
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8 Jan 2009
No electricity, no gas, no flushing toilet ...and no tractor! Could you survive a year on a Victorian farm? In this fascinating time-travelling experiment Lion Television, with the BBC, follow a team of historians who will spend a year recreating farm life in 1885. Accompanying the series, this book follows the team as they try to run a farm using only materials and resources that would have been available to them in the Victorian era. This was a crucial period in the history of Britain - rapid industrialization had radically changed life in the cites but rural communities used a mixture of centuries-old and pioneering modern practices. Packed with informative text and photographs from the farm year, this book reveals exactly what the Victorians, ate, wore, how they managed their animals, farmed the land and organised their lives. In-depth features describe revolutionary advances in more detail, including new inventions, new breeding methods and advances in agricultural science. Practical projects allow you to join the historians in rediscovering Victorian crafts, cookery and homecare. Providing a real insight into life on a Victorian farm, this series is also a fascinating reminder of how history comes full circle. The organic diet of 1885, use of natural products for cleaning and healthcare and interests in crafts and gardening are of increasing relevance today as we look for a more responsible way of living over 120 years later.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books; First Edition edition (8 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862058210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862058217
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 20.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Gem! 11 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is a real gem of a book and TV series. It never fails to enlighten and astound me about the wonderful things we no longer have or do. What hard workers we were! And for all the right reasons not for material toys and vitamin suppliments. If only every child could watch and read this then they would surely find a work ethic worth living for. I'm so enthused by the whole ethos of this amazing journey through some of our history that I am sure, when I embark on my small holding experience, I shall have it at the ready for reference. A definate buy for anyone to have and to treasure for many years.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 16 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
This book, like the TV series, is intelligent and informative. The enthusiasm of the three authors/presenters is infectious and they get a lot of information across in a very entertaining way. I think this probably counts as experimental archaeology and I was left marvelling at the incredible inventiveness and resourcefulness of the Victorians
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight 28 Feb 2009
By Tirlan2
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you enjoyed the series you will love the book! It contains further information about their experience on the Farm. It also gives details of some of the projects that they undertook. A well laid out piece of work which would make a great gift for someone interested in this social and historical time. If you have not seen the series this is still a great book that gives you a good taste of that era.Victorian Farm
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Victorian Farm 10 Mar 2009
Format:Hardcover
This was a present for my wife. The parcel arrived on time and was extremely well packed.Like the television series, the book was facinating from begining to end and included extra information perhaps not available on TV, EG Reipes etc. To people of our age(mid to late seventies)there were several aspects of the book and the series on TV, which had hung on until then.Noteably the use of Shire horses, but other items of farm machinery and farm practices as well. Excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Reading 5 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
Victorian Farm
Historically very good, photo shoots excellent.
A superb piece of history with the photo reinactment and writing of the Agricultral Revolution with reference to the Industrial Revolution.
Based on the BBC television series which made BBC great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Victorian Farming is still relevant!! 1 May 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
THE BOOK OF THE FARM: DETAILING THE LABOURS OF THE FARMER, STEWARD, PLOWMAN, HEDGER, CATTLE-MAN, SHEPHERD, FIELD-WORKER, AND DAIRYMAID. Three Volume Set.

I enjoyed this companion volume to the BBC television series. I would also recommend The Book of the Farm by Henry Stephens, the 3 volume set on which the series was based.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A step back in time 27 Mar 2009
Format:Hardcover
Having thoroughly enjoyed the TV series "Victorian Farm", I was keen to read this book, and was not disappointed. The chapters don't follow the calendar year the way the TV programmes did, but are broken down into various themes such as "Arts and Crafts", "Health and Hygiene", animal husbandry, gamekeeping - everything one could wish to know about life on a farm in the 1880's. It is in an easy to read style, with plenty of photographs. I did notice a lot of typographical errors which I found irritating; perhaps it was rushed into print without due care being taken over proof-reading! I think people who didn't see the programmes would still enjoy it, but it is probably best read as a follow-up to the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Victorian History 4 Mar 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is a great book for those researching family history, social history or the work of farm & agricultural labourers. It gives great pictures & detailed examples of their families daily life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Victorian life
A book presenting life at the time, a most interesting read especially if one is familiar with current farm practices. Also some quite tasty recipes to be tried.
Published 4 months ago by R. Goodrum
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Fantastic everyone in the house has read it and is of the same opinion. The book is full of great information on times gone by which we will never see again.
Published 6 months ago by john clow
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Loved the series, wanted the book for reference for later years when my daughter starts learning at school, great gift too.
Published 6 months ago by Lyn Gillespie
5.0 out of 5 stars Super book
This is a Xmas present for my husband who is an avid Ruth fan.....so I'm hoping it goes down really well .it is very good quality . Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mavis Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars Victorian Farm, a step back in time
An informative book about the way of life in Victorian England, The book is very useful if research is needed but also just as a enjoyable read.
Published 8 months ago by kate mullen
4.0 out of 5 stars Follow up
As I watched the series, I felt I would like the book as a reference for the series. It gives a good reminder of the Victorian era.
Published 10 months ago by lucibee
5.0 out of 5 stars Victorian Farm
Excellent book to go with BBC series of same name. Bought it to remind me how farming developed throughout Victorian era.
Published 16 months ago by Lorraine
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
An Amazing book with great facts and pictures, loved the recipies in it, will definatly re-read it when i have the time, However it needs a better proof reader
Published 17 months ago by Abbi G
4.0 out of 5 stars Victorian Farm
I saw the t.v. programme and was enthralled by it. I find the book is very interesting, telling one how previous generations coped. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. Sarah Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Gift
Bought as a Christmas goft for a family meber who had been watching teh TV series. Excellent quality and service.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs Fiona Fraser
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