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The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain: Life in the age of Samuel Pepys, Isaac Newton and The Great Fire of London Hardcover – 6 Apr 2017

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head; 01 edition (6 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847923046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847923042
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Ian Mortimer is among the best: a conjuror who is always bright, engaging and well-informed… Mortimer’s book pitches us headlong into the broiling maelstrom of late 17th-century everyday life in all its variety and strangeness… Any tour of late 17th-century Britain is guaranteed to be exhilarating. And with Mortimer in charge, one always travels first class" (John Adamson Mail on Sunday)

"Ian Mortimer is a historical truffle hound… He has already made two of these “time traveller” excursions – to medieval and Elizabethan times. Both books were Sunday Times bestsellers, and there is every chance this new one will be too. The Time Traveller’s Guide to Restoration Britain is just such fun to read… Mortimer writes about all of this with real freshness and enthusiasm, as well as a dogged attention to contemporary sources… Brimming with such gems, his book is a delightful read." (Andrew Holgate Sunday Times)

"This entertaining tourist guide brings the late 17th century alive…The latest Time Traveller’s Guide will entertain and inform anyone with an interest in this extraordinary period" (Andrew Taylor The Times)

"Mortimer composes his vivid mosaic of life between 1660 and 1700 through the fancied experience of a time traveller" (Christopher Howse Sunday Telegraph)

"When it comes to (armchair-based) time travel, he’s your man. If you have yet to experience his in-the-now approach to history, I envy you. What strange words and weird customs you will learn… Our guide’s treatment of the past is, as ever, a case of great knowledge worn lightly. He is by turns funny, scholarly, poignant and almost always fascinating… As a way of meeting our ancestors almost face to face, there is something magical about his writing" (Rebecca Armstrong i)

"Ian Mortimer manages to inform and delight in equal measure" (Sue Baker Bookseller)

"Enthralling and detailed" (Roger Lewis Mail)

"A fascinating and involving angle on history" (Choice)

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The third in the series of Ian Mortimer’s bestselling Time Traveller’s Guides

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A shunning overview of the late seventeenth century, imagined as if we were tourists planning to stay there. Absolutely fascinating and all the facts presented in a thoroughly entertaining way Another tour de force from Mr. Mortimer. However, I think I will stay in the twenty-first century, thanks very much!
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absolutely brilliant! I have read all Ian Mortimer's previous books and this one lives up to expectations. Highly recommend it to anyone interested in factual history. give it a try.
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An excellent addition to the series, which is both extremely informative and entertaining to read. The material is dealt with is such a way as to fill one with information without the risk of one's feeling 'force-fed'. An admirable book.
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Ian Mortimer is a wonderful writer - his prose is clear and informative, but he manages to be both funny and poignant with it. As with his previous books, he makes this period of time *real" to the reader. It's all very well and good, knowing the dates of battles and marriages of royalty, but history only becomes alive when you start to find out things about what sort of underwear people wore, or attitudes to sickness, or precisely what sort of food you could expect to get if you turn up at a coaching inn in 1672.

It's a lovely, witty, eminently re-readable book.
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I have read the others in the series that Ian Mortimer has written and they are all excellent. Very readable, full of astonishing facts. His research is very extensive but he writes in such an accessible way that it makes for very easy reading. Highly recommended.
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Fascinating book, REALLY interesting read. Full of amazing facts and simple explanations of the political situation through those 40 years covered in the book.
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Excellent book written in such a way to make the history of that time interesting and exciting. If you want to walk through history and feel the period of that time then this book is for you!
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Fascinating book. Fun, too. Extremely well researched but a book that wears its learning light and so is as readable as a good historical novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any student of history or intelligent general reader.
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