A fascinating collection of eleven biographies of middle class 'liberals' which challenges Margaret Thatcher's simple definition of Victorian Values equalling hard work, cleanliness and self-help. The collection opens with an introduction written by the authors analysing Virginia Woolf's assertion in 1910 that 'human character changed'. Pederson and Mandler argue that instead contemporaries of Woolf's carried on the tendency of that era linking 'private behaviour to public morality' (p2). What is striking to me is that the work seems blatantly influenced by the work of the sociologist Habermas in its central theme of private/public. This doesn't appear to be acknowledged. It's a shame that historians and sociologists seem unwilling to recognise each others contributions to academia.