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A Great Read!, 3 April 2014
If there has ever been a time when you wished that you could travel back into the past, then for those with a love of the Victorian era, Michelle Higgs’ new book can help you to envisage some of the sights and sounds you might experience on your trip!
‘A Visitor’s Guide to Victorian England’ is the perfect handbook for any would be ‘time traveller’, taking you step by step through all the essential information you would require should the 19th century be your destination of choice.
From the outset, Michelle helps us to get our bearings, describing the type of accommodation we should expect to find, discussing everything from inns and lodging houses to staying with a local family. Travel and transport options are explained, should we wish to stay within the locality or journey further afield, along with the variety of entertainment and amusements on offer should we wish to while away our free time.
Aspects of life from all areas of society are covered, from the upper classes to those not so well off. Advice is given on where to eat and what to avoid, whilst warnings are given about the less than satisfactory sanitary conditions of water pollution and open sewerage. And for those with a penchant for facts and figures, the appendix at the back provides a fascinating overview on what your hard earned cash could buy you at this time.
The book is littered with fascinating quotes from contemporary authors and leading figures of the day, their vivid descriptions of 19th century England – witnessed first-hand – really help to bring each chapter to life. From fashion and food, music halls to mourning and pickpockets to prostitution, Michelle writes in an easy and informative style. For the family historian – inquisitive about the daily life of their Victorian ancestor and eager to find out more about the social history of the period - this book provides the ideal starting point from which to further their research. A really interesting and informative read!