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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, informative, amusing social history, 12 July 2011
A solid debut by lawyer-turned-historian, Mike Rendell. The author has taken the copious diaries, lists and other ephemera of his ancestor and ordered them into an entertaining narrative which gives you a firm understanding of everyday life of a middle-class businessman on the up during the mid-Georgian period. Rendell succeeds wonderfully at teasing out the personality of his subject, Richard Hall, a God-fearing fellow much exercised by the weather, his own health and dozens of other topics, many trivial, some of great moment. One gets a clear sense of the cost of living, long distance coach travel, decorating one's home, quack medicine, servants and schooling, the precariousness of family life, and so on: social history at its best. The book is richly illustrated and has excellent appendices.

The Journal of a Georgian Gentleman: The Life and Times of Richard Hall 1729-1801
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4.0 out of 5 stars A much needed niche filler, 13 Feb 2011
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S. J. Waldock "Yorkist" (Ipswich England) - See all my reviews
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This book fills an empty niche in the understanding of the Georgian era; there are books on the underworld and books on the political history and books on the glittering society of court. This however is a very full journal of the doings of a fairly ordinary gentleman who had his ups and downs, who marvels at earthquakes and astronomical phenomena and who leaves us a detailed record of the weather, even if the detail that the chamber pot froze might be a little more information than we might have bargained for..... dealing with his manifold health problems with traditional cures, the little vicissitudes and too the joys of life give us an insight into Everyman of the time; how the political situation of the Seven Years War is only of interest in terms of the fact that the price of bread will rise for example. This is a wittily written and compassionate delving into Mr Rendell's ancestor's most private life, beautifully illustrated with both facsimiles of original documents and ephemera and the clever paper cut-outs of Richard Hall's daughter Patty. The two appendices are divided clearly and are well set out; this is a must have book for the student of the era.
I witheld one star because I should have liked to have seen a couple of other appendices - one on the weather set out in a chart, and one on the price of everything written out on a chart. I am however very demanding!
Written by Sarah, Simon's wife, recipient of the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Journal of a Georgan Gentleman, 11 Feb 2011
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Jo (KINGSBRIDGE, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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A great insight into life as a gentleman in Georgian times. Taken from journals written in this era, this book is both informative and entertaining telling the reader not only about Richard Hall's daily life but also showing you a very personal and sometimes amusing account of it. Really well written and researched. An enjoyable book which is made easy to read by the good humored author and the lovely pictures thoroughout. Thoroughly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Journal of a Georgian Gentleman, 19 May 2014
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I am particularly interested in Georgian history and was very pleased to see this journal of the life of a well to do shop owner of the 18th century. The background history to the times given by the descendant of the gentleman is extremely well written and very informative. An extremely easy and informative read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a Bore but fascinating all the same, 28 Oct 2013
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Richard Hall was a fairly ordinary sort of chap who started out in life less well off than he might of been save for the South Sea Bubble. He worked away conscientiously for his family. I am grateful that he took the time to keep a diary. I think this book was written by a descendant , well done , thank you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Swiftly delivered, interesting and well written!, 23 Mar 2013
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The author has family reasons for writing, but he has actually succeeded in producing a history that is very readable today. One can read it either as serious social history, or as a fascinating and entertaining human commentary.

Who should read it? Everyone interested in London and Londoners!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable way to learn about Georgian life., 17 Mar 2013
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A fascinating, very readable, often amazing and amusing insight into the everyday life of one family set in the context of the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lively and readable social history, 16 Feb 2013
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What I like about this book is the balance of the personal with the wider historical context. Mike Rendell not only does a great job of bringing his ancestor's journals to life (avoiding any tedium or descent into matter that would only be of interest to immediate family). But he has also done a staggering amount of research into Georgian life in general, and sets the details of Richard Hall's life within the social and political history of the time. He does this in a lively, often humorous, and very readable way. This book is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in the 18th century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Journal of a Georgian Gentleman, 9 Feb 2011
This book was a really good read - factual, interesting, humerous and giving a good insight to life in the years l700-1800. There were lots of facts, figures and lists and you might ask how this could be so interesting - it just was - very well written and obviously well researched by the author.
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