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Daily Life in Victorian London : An Extraordinary Anthology (Victorian London Ebooks Book 4) by [Jackson, Lee]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2227 KB
  • Print Length: 561 pages
  • Publisher: Victorian London Ebooks (2 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z1KSNY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,368 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A fascinating collection of little snapshots of everyday life in 19th century London. It's items like this that bring the lives of ordinary people vividly to life for those of us who would otherwise only read about them mediated through the writers of history books.

These pieces show both how different and how similar life then was to our own world. While an article from Cassell's Household Guide of 1880 shows how much our attitudes to bathing have changed in 130 years, an item from The Penny Illustrated Paper of 1871 bemoaning "this pest of can-canism" isn't so different from a 21st century letter to the Evening Standard complaining about the proliferation of lap-dancing clubs.

The book is well-presented on the Kindle. The active table of contents lists the items by subject, alphabetically - so The Can-Can is followed by Cars, Childhood Discipline and Christmas. A nice touch is a link at the top of the first page of each item that skips straight to the next item, allowing the reader to browse through the book easily.
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I was highly tempted to write this review in the style of a Victorian letter, highly tempted, but was unable to come up with a good enough name for the internet - Circle of Information for Mankind just doesn't have the same ring to it, so I desisted.
So back, instead, to Mr. Jackson's wonderful book.
And wonderful it is. Many (if not most) reference books are tricky things, dry, creaky tomes that need to be waded through, and wade through you must to extract the information, even as your eyes blur, your head pounds and your whole being cries out for (yet) another cup of tea to aid you in your time of need.
'Daily Life in Victorian London' is not one of the aforementioned. Indeed, the author has created a reference book with a lightness of touch that makes the whole research process a total joy from beginning to end.
Taken from publications, letters, illustrations and photographs of the time, this book gives the reader a real flavour of Victorian London, from household life to life on the streets.
It is beautifully put together and a must for any fan or scholar. My favourite highlight (of which there are many) is the description of 'A Baby Show' it had me in tears of laughter, while other sections left me with suspiciously moist eyes.
As I am running out of different words for 'fabulous' and 'fascinating' and 'wonderful', I'll bring this to a close. Soon.
But first, a thank you to the author for sharing his vast font of knowledge on the era, and for all the wonderfully fabulously fascinating (there I go again) snippets of information that I can now casually throw out at dinner parties or while at the nearest drinking establishment, causing the assembled to gasp in wonderment.
You, Sir, are a Gentleman.
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This book is superbly compiled with some fascinating articles and tales of life on the streets in Victorian London; beware as some parts are very grim indeed. I did indeed find this to be an Extraordinary account and amazing VFM.

Anon
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I downloaded this on a whim, but am glad that I did as it provides a treasure trove of Victorian social history from contemporary sources (e.g. Illustrated London News) in text and illustrations. This is well worth the modest download charge and the author has done all amateur historians (and Sherlock Holmes fans) a big service by making this material available. There is an active TOC which makes it easy to access all the material featured in the book. I have no hesitation in awarding this book five stars.
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I do not own a Kindle. I do not like the idea of a Kindle. I am an ex-bookseller and am wedded firmly to print. However I am fascinated by London's history, especially Victorian history. My pockets are not deep but my appetite for acquisition is insatiable.

I do own an I-Phone which now has many useful London related apps on it. I also spend a lot of my life on public transport.

I wanted to get hold of this book for its contents. With no print version available I was thus forced to modernise or go without and I am glad that I chose to do the former. I can now "leaf" through this treasure trove of a book on the tube or bus. For less than the cost of a double espresso I now own this work - amazing!

The format works very well indeed for the phone as the text is in brief but fascinating sections, easy to put down at an interchange. I can't imagine reading it at home on a phone when I have so many unread "proper" books but out and about it is perfect, a genuine e-page flicker.

Should you ever release a nice cloth-bound version of "Daily Life in Victorian Britain" on quality paper, I will certainly buy that too and enjoy the same text at home, in time honoured fashion. Until then, thank you for showing me the merits of an alien technology.
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This is an ideal book to have on the Kindle, each alphabetically sorted topic is easily found from the index or you can skip from topic to topic by browsing in this order which I prefer as it means that I've read about subjects that I wouldn't necessarily seek out.

The information is fascinating, it is wonderful to have such a varied set of material from a variety of sources available in one book.

I am so pleased I've found this gem of a book as it is perfect to pick up whenever I have a few minutes to spare.
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