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This review is from: The Victorian House: Domestic Life from Childbirth to Deathbed (Paperback)
What a great book! I love the way the chapters are divided into the different rooms in a Victorian house. Each one deals with not only the items you would expect to find within the room, but the kinds of lives lived there and the effect of such domestication on the external world. She roams as far afield as the development of department stores, the boom in food colourings, the effects of furnishings on disease etc. It also talks about the way that current markets have been shaped by the growth of marketing in Victorian times. Here are the origins of mass consumerism and a competitive business culture that we live with today. It is full of human interest and those snippets of history that make the Victorians such eccentric, memorable and fascinating people.