Louise Culmer's Reviews > Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain

Consuming Passions by Judith Flanders
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Jul 19, 2011

really liked it
Read from July 14 to 19, 2011

Very enjoyable book about various different types of leisure activities that were popular in the Victorian era and how they from the 18th century to the late Victorian period. I found the chapter about shopping particularly interesting, and the chapters on reading, on travel and holidays, on shows and spectacles etc, are also fascinating. The book is crammed with interesting information. The only thing I found slightly disappointing is that no mention is made of one very popular activity of the late Victorian era - boating on the Thames, the subject of one of my most beloved books, Three Men In A Boat. Apart from that minor disappointment though, I found this book highly enjoyable.

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