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A Visitor's Guide to Victorian England
A Visitor's Guide to Victorian England
by Michelle Higgs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't set off without it, 25 April 2014
If the past really is a foreign country, Michelle Higgs provides essential advice for avoiding a social faux pas in Victorian England, not contracting a virulent illness and not becoming just another crime statistic, as well as a myriad of tips for an enjoyable stay in times past.
Based on numerous contemporary accounts of nineteenth century England, the guide answers questions about the practicalities of everyday life that other books do not cover. The atmosphere is well-evoked as in addition to sights and sounds the reader gains a vivid impression of the more elusive touch and smell of the times also.
For family historians interested in learning more about the lives of their ancestors the detail is wide-ranging. For those intrepid enough to explore beyond the charted path, the extensive appendices and bibliography make an excellent starting point for the solitary traveller.


The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada
The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada
by Angela Buckley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Detection rediscovered, 11 Mar 2014
It's refreshing to encounter new material and the story of Manchester detective, Jerome Caminada has been lost for too long. Angela Buckley has provided a treat for inquisitive readers, sleuthing out the clues about his incredible career and placing it firmly in its historical context.
The dark rookeries of Victorian Manchester spring to life, peopled with career criminals without a conscience and more poignantly, those for whom a brush with the law was the product of the social and economic deprivation that formed their daily lot.
One thought to wrestle with. The Real Sherlock Holmes. Surely we're not saying there's an imaginary one about?
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The Sinking of RMS Tayleur: The Lost Story of the Victorian Titanic
The Sinking of RMS Tayleur: The Lost Story of the Victorian Titanic
by Gill Hoffs
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.59

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Victorian Tragedy, 1 Feb 2014
Sometimes, a key event drowns out equally compelling tales. Whilst ships like the Mary Rose or the Titanic are high profile shipwrecks, thousands more now forgotten vessels were lost at sea over the centuries, each a human tragedy.
The circumstances in which RMS Tayleur sank on its own maiden voyage in 1854 have been thoroughly researched by Gill Hoffs whose passion for her subject shines through her narrative. From human interest stories to the nautical issues that affected the journey, Hoffs has reconstructed a slice of the past and offers new insights into the fateful voyage.
A fascinating and thought-provoking read.


Pit Lasses: Women and Girls in Coalmining c.1800-1914
Pit Lasses: Women and Girls in Coalmining c.1800-1914
by Denise Bates
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Press Reviews, 15 July 2012
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'With its wider background of contemporary living conditions, it makes Pit Lasses an eye-opening, even quite shocking read, illuminating, as it does, an aspect of Victorian life that mainstream social histories have hitherto largely overlooked.'
Jarrow and Hebburn Gazette, June 2012

'Bates' superbly detailed and well-researched book, which contains photographs and new illustrations of the evidence of some of the women interviewed by the Commission, reveals that female miners were decent, moral women fully capable of making decisions about their own lives and their own jobs.
Pit Lasses adds enormously to our understanding of the role of women in coalmining as well as shedding new light on Victorian society and its values.'
Lancashire Evening Post July 2012


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