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Victorian London: The Life of a City by Liza Picard pp, Weidenfeld , £ It’s fitting that Liza Picard should begin her survey of. Victorian London has ratings and 65 reviews. Jill said: This book covers the mid-years of Queen Victoria’s reign and they were years of dramatic ch. Victorian London, by Liza Picard. Double-standard city. Michael Leapman; Friday 30 September 0 comments.

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I’d say it’s more a book of trivia raher than investigation. This website uses cookies. Courtesy of the Jews’ Free School.

See 1 question about Victorian London…. Highly recommended read for anyone in danger of wearing rose-colored glasses when viewing the 19th century in London.

She mentions the difficulty of keeping linen clean in London’s filthy atmosphere; the ‘husbands’ boat’ taking middle-class husbands down the Thames to Margate to where wives and children were spending the summer; and lady pick-pockets who would sit demurely next to you on the omnibus with two hands one real and one false modestly clasped in their lap, while their second real hand was picking your pocket. They were all monuments of the Victorian way lonvon life” Jan 27, Rob Thompson rated it liked it Shelves: View all 6 comments.

Peter Jones, Harrods; entertaining and servants, food and drink; unlimited liability and bankruptcy; the rich, the marriage market, taxes and anti-semitism; the Empire, recruitment and press-gangs. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Cruelty and hypocrisy flourished alongside invention, industry, and bictorian.

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I found it very useful for that purpose and also enjoyed it as a delightful snapshot of an era. I enjoyed this book, although I got a little bit repetitive towards the end.

Incredibly researched, primary sources have been used but its been investigated much much further for detail. Liza Picard and Jerry White find different ways of lonodn to such challenges, with the happy result that they complement rather than rival each other. Quotes from Victorian London The Life of a City, You’ll find details on what people wore and why, and how much it cost–not a sweeping overview of industrialization.


Household appliances and the chores of childrearing; Disease and Death traditions.

Victorian London: The Tale of a City 1840-1870

Liza Pickard is a barrister with a mighty pen. This books recreates the industries, inventions and London life with all its many sides, splendor, misery, cruelty, vices or pleasures all the while keeping it entertaining you also have illustrations showing this extraordinary age.

The Invention victoian Murder: Victoria’s wedding and the place of the royals in popular esteem; how the very poor lived, the underworld, prosti Like her previous books, this book is the product of the author’s passionate interest in the realities of everyday life – and the conditions in which most people lived – so picarv left out of history books.

I will probably find more of her stuff as I expand my historical nonfiction reading. More than BH, which takes as its target the whole of Victorian society, OMF, from it’s Thames watermen to the wealthy ‘dust pile’ owner, all described in vivid detail by this fine history, is a novel of London itself. This book is nice for what it is–a survey of Victorians and their city by a nonexpert who nevertheless did very thorough research. It’s no discredit to Picard to say that her book is not in that class; it is nevertheless a very welcome addition to the skyline.

The notebook he left has little in the way of observation, beside each day’s bare tally of miles. They are all full, and since I have a weakness for impulsively buying books, many of which stay unread, this is a constant problem.

Will I ever finish? It’s fitting that Liza Picard should begin her survey of early Victorian London with a chapter on that least regarded of the senses, smell – the little pinky, as it were, on our round handful. Somewhat unfocused, with no logical organization.


Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Greater too than the hospitals, their humanity not yet throwing off the taint of charity and the pauper’s dues; and even the ever-enlarging public sphere, civilising the smell and sight of London through sewerage, street improvements, public buildings, transport, greenery, amusements.

A man named Thomas Cook set up a business venture in and made his first deal with the railways, trips were organized in groups and were made cost effective.

Picard has pulled extensive information from letters, diaries and official documents from the time, and so those writers crop up again and again with their comments on various events or elements of society. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Dec 19, Eduardo rated it did not like it Shelves: What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

The information is well structured, and presented in an interesting way. Early photography studios kept a stock of nice clothes on hand, and so what a lower-middle to low class person is wearing in a photography studio picture shouldn’t be thought to be representative of what they actually owned. Palmer Limited preview – We are also given a crash course by leaflets issued at that time on the art of fainting, corsets being tight to the point of not breathing, “make sure there’s a couch behind you if you feel you must faint, we can’t always rely on a gentleman to lunge and catch”.

Jun 25, DeAnna Knippling rated it it was amazing Shelves: Victorian London by Liza Picard.