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Daily Life in Victorian London: An Extraordinary Anthology

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  229 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
This anthology has one simple goal: to give the reader a flavour of 'how life was lived' in Victorian London, through the words of the Victorians themselves. It is not a comprehensive study; but I have revisited an archive of ten years' reading and research — nineteenth century diaries, newspapers, magazines, memoirs, guidebooks — in an attempt to include as many diverse a ...more
Kindle Edition, Victorian London Ebooks, 561 pages
Published May 2nd 2011 by Victorian London Ebooks
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Katy O'Dowd
Oct 25, 2011 Katy O'Dowd rated it it was amazing
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
Don Keninitz
Dec 31, 2016 Don Keninitz rated it it was amazing
I've always been fascinated by life in Britain during the Victorian era. Fiction only takes one so far in understanding what daily life was actually like, especially for the middle and lower classes. This book is an excellent survey.

It consists exclusively of diary entries, letters to newspapers, articles from popular media of the time (especially Punch), travelogues and similar writings, thus giving the reader a first-hand insight into what people were actually seeing, observing and thinking at
Christine Blachford
Jan 06, 2013 Christine Blachford rated it liked it
I’ve been reading this one on and off for about eighteen months. I think I picked it up after reading the Crimson Petal and the White, as I was inspired by the Victorian era. As the book is in small, neat chapters – an encyclopedia of Victorian anecdotes – it was very easy to pick up and put down again, fill in a spare moment here or there.

The content is made up of a collection of articles, letters and chapters from various places, all relating to matters of Victorian London. Set out alphabetica
Nov 19, 2014 Cynthia rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, non-fiction
I love the idea, I feel more informed, and I appreciated that the passages were of the more entertaining/readable variety than a lot of Victorian-era writing appears to our modern sensibilities. However, I have an ingrained aversion to cherry-picked primary sources that do not convey the full context or breadth of opinion in Victorian society. For instance, it makes me uneasy that there was were several commentaries on working women by Arthur Munby (a man who had some unique and unorthodox views ...more
Feb 23, 2012 Amelia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical-stuff
I've been a fan of Lee Jackson's Victorian London website for years. In this anthology, he's pulled together some of the most fascinating bits of Victorian life for us to read. The original sources are quite varied, as are the topics. The book is arranged in alphabetical order, from Advertising Bills to Zuleilah, so if you want to know about Coffee Houses, Gambling, Lodgings, Make-Up, the Mesmeric Infirmary, Penny Dreadfuls, Public Toilets, St. James's Park, Telegraphic Paralysis, or Vitriol Thr ...more
Harry Rutherford
Aug 22, 2011 Harry Rutherford rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
This is an anthology for the Kindle compiled by Lee Jackson, proprietor of the website The Victorian Dictionary, which anyone who has some interest in either Victoriana or London will surely have stumbled on at some time or another.

If you have visited the website, you'll know what a great resource it is, and you won't be surprised to hear that Jackson has compiled an anthology full of curious and interesting snippets about such subjects as a 'B' meeting, a baby show, a balloon ride, bar-maids, b
Kilian Metcalf
Oct 25, 2013 Kilian Metcalf rated it really liked it
From advertising to Zuleilah, this compendium of contemporary letters, essays, advices, newspaper articles, and advertisements, reveal glimpses of what ordinary life was like for the inhabitants of Victorian London. I particularly liked that all the entries are taken from original sources. I love Victorian literature and history, so I was familiar with many of the topics. I delighted with the topics that were new to me. This book is a must for any writer of historical fiction or steampunk set in ...more
Jan 09, 2014 Diana rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
This book is a anthology of snippets of how life was mainly for the middle class and poor of London during the reign of Queen Victoria. It has paragraphs about entertainments, crime, fashion of the era. If your looking for a comprehensive guide to the era this isn't it, but the "soundbites" about each area are very interesting. I enjoyed the book and am planning on finding out more about the sections that intrigued me.
Haythem Bastawy
Feb 13, 2013 Haythem Bastawy rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting anthology of Victorian life in London. It contains passages, adverts, pictures, portraits, articles from all sorts of sources, publications and personal memoirs. Some of the subjects covered are very unusual like bed bugs and bloomerism, some are really funny and some are absolutely shocking. I have never read anything like this before, and I have nothing to regret about the experience, it diffenitely brought Victorian London to Life in words to me.
Jun 03, 2012 Lindsay rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, uk, kindle, z2012
I love the craziness of the Victorians, and this book did give a broad view of how they saw themselves with various cuttings from diaries, newspaper columns and other pieces of the time. At some points it did become a little dry though.
Rebecca Wright
May 08, 2012 Rebecca Wright rated it it was amazing
I am loving this book. Lee Jackson never fails to bring to world of Victorian London to life. Anyone that is interested in what the Victorian Era was *really* like should read this book.
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L.M. JACKSON lives in London with his partner Joanne. His first book, London Dust, was shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award. He is fascinated by the social history of Victorian London and spends much of his time on the ongoing development of his website.
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