Daily Life in Victorian London: An Extraordinary Anthology
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Daily Life in Victorian London: An Extraordinary Anthology

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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
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...more
Christine Blachford
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...more
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
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...more
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. I 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 intregued me.
Haythem Bastawy
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.
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
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.
Patrick Redmond
A real eye opener, if you love Londons history, get this!
Fascinating collection of primary sources.
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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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