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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential and exceptional guide to Victorian life
‘A Visitor’s Guide to Victorian England’ is essential reading for anyone wishing to travel to the nineteenth century. From riding on omnibuses and sampling the street cuisine, to avoiding infectious diseases or being coshed over the head in a dark alley, this exceptional guide is full of practical advice and handy hints.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Guide to Life in Victorian England
This book was very enjoyable but I read it in two days and felt it needed to be longer a little more detailed. However it did give you a flavour of what life was like in Victorian England albeit a superficial one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential and exceptional guide to Victorian life, 26 Feb 2014
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‘A Visitor’s Guide to Victorian England’ is essential reading for anyone wishing to travel to the nineteenth century. From riding on omnibuses and sampling the street cuisine, to avoiding infectious diseases or being coshed over the head in a dark alley, this exceptional guide is full of practical advice and handy hints.

Meticulously researched and presented in an engaging and thoroughly entertaining way, Michelle Higgs has drawn on her considerable expertise of Victorian life to create this delightful compendium. She includes quirky facts, evocative descriptions and possible pitfalls for everyone drawn to the nineteenth century, for work as well as pleasure. Through her compelling guide, she recreates life of the time with all the sights, smells and sounds that a visitor would encounter. She explores a range of different settings, the characters you might meet and the best ways to get around in the period, notwithstanding the ever-present dangers and the cumbersome clothing.

I loved this guide and couldn’t put it down. I would highly recommend it and will definitely be taking it with me the next time I visit the nineteenth century, as well as an umbrella for warding off any unwelcome attention!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Step Into a Vanished World, 4 Mar 2014
This review is from: A Visitor's Guide to Victorian England (Paperback)
Michelle Higgs' new guide to Victorian England is a 'must' for fans of TV series like Downton Abbey, and anyone interested in this fascinating era. This book is crammed full of facts a 'visitor' to the past needs to know, from how much to tip the 'boots' at a hotel, the perils of over-tight corsetry, going shopping, 'spending a penny', etc., to the niceties of encounters with the opposite sex. Higgs skilfully creates a detailed picture of everyday life using contemporary diaries and literature. Here you'll meet 'bearded ladies', go to a music hall, and enjoy a day at the races. The book contains appendices crammed with useful facts concerning wages, the cost of living, and the price of accommodation...Just pray that you don't need a doctor's services during your 'visit'! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting View of Victorian England, 29 July 2014
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This review is from: A Visitor's Guide to Victorian England (Paperback)
A Visitor’s Guide To Victorian England

There is often a romantic view of what it would have been like to visit England while Victoria was on the throne. We often hear commentators today asking for Victorian values to be brought back in to vogue. To the modern day person England was such a beautiful, honest place to visit the home of the world’s largest empire leaders in everything they did.

Michelle Higgs has written A Visitor’s Guide to Victorian England has written an honest account of what it would have been like to visit the cities and the countryside of our ‘green and pleasant land’. If anything the view is very much it was not a very green or too pleasant land to visit.

Anyone that has walked down Oxford Street in London or Deansgate in Manchester today would know what the hustle and bustle of the busy city street is like. If they were to do the same in Victorian times people would have been shocked and amazed at the streets would be just as busy but far louder, the noise of the horses on the cobbles and oh the stench. Higg’s quotes an American visitor to Liverpool who saw ‘the most disgusting sight was seeing women and young girls employed in scraping up street manure with their naked hands, and placing it in baskets or their aprons, so common as not to be noticed by the citizens’.

Higgs goes through everything you would have needed to know to be able to survive whether in the country or in the city. For those that are looking for the romantic England (that has never existed) may be shocked at some of the descriptions and advice. Whether it was food and drink or the health hazards, like avoid the Thames or don’t drink unboiled water.

To the descriptions of clothing of all sections and that included the working classes, which some today would recognise as chavs of their day. With advice of the day on how to deal with encounters with the opposite sexes, shopping and even more important on how to get around.

This is a fantastic guide that relives what life would have been like for the visitor during the Victorian era, she has not romanticised what it was like but given an honest account. This is an excellent background for any student of Victorian England.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Guide to Life in Victorian England, 29 April 2014
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This book was very enjoyable but I read it in two days and felt it needed to be longer a little more detailed. However it did give you a flavour of what life was like in Victorian England albeit a superficial one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!, 3 April 2014
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't set off without it, 25 April 2014
This review is from: A Visitor's Guide to Victorian England (Paperback)
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.
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