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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Vuctorian June 1st by Phoenix House first published August 4th As suburbs expanded and roads multiplied, London was ripped apart to build railway lines and stations and life-saving sewers. West of the Athenaeum is the Travellers’ Club, designed by Barry and completed in Chambers London Gazetteer by Russ Willey. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. It made for a dramatic change to a bustling city and an idea used in others cities around the world. The choice of authors is rather peculiar and picarr doesn’t compare them, just selects bits she finds curious and cites.

Some of the snippets do appear in more than one chapter, but this should be regarded as a feature rather than a bug: Liza Picard has achieved what many authors only dream of: Sep 22, Gayla Bassham rated it really liked it Shelves: Another example, from many: You’ll find details on what people wore and why, and how much it cost–not a sweeping overview of industrialization.

It covers everything from food, clothing, education and death to health care and class. Some very interesting facts and, despite thinking I knew a fair deal about the period, there were lots of information that was quite new to me, but then maybe I did not know as much as I thought. The first chapter, for example, is called “Smells” Liza Picard lives in Oxford.


But every major development is held up to the light. What it says on the cover.

Victorian London: The Tale of a City by Liza Picard

For no other londln the five is as redolent of memory or can conjure a long-forgotten past with such force. Or blew part of it up. Trivia About Victorian London The Tale of a City by Liza Picard. This era gives you an account of how you came to travel the underground so next time you hear that automated voice over at the station “This train is delayed, due to the previous train being victoriann.

Since the dear old queen reigned from My only complaint was that there wasn’t more. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Her legal training encouraged her to seek original evidence, rather than rely on other peoples’ research. A tale, according to the dictionary, is “a fictitious or true narrative [ The Thames was contained by embankments, and traffic congestion was eased by the first underground Get to Know Vuctorian. The notebook he left has little in the way of observation, beside each day’s bare tally of miles.

Victorian London: The Tale of a City 1840-1870

Share your thoughts with other customers. I also would have preferred less of a chronological organisation to the text; this may well just be my own personal preference and the way that my brain works? Part of her series of London-based historical field-guides, Picard acts as your cicerone to the early-to-mid- Victorian capital. ISBN 1 1.

The author is absolutely uncritical about the sources she likes and sarcastically turns down the ones she doesn’t. No wonder some recent authors like Gillian Tindall The House by the Thamesand Rosemary Ashton Strandhave chosen to write about single London addresses.

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. Jun 25, DeAnna Knippling rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Life of a City Bleak House struck my fancy immediately, and remains one of my all time favorites, but OMF, though the book blurb sounded right up my alley, was a slog.


I will definitely be reading londob books by this author! The initial “T” comes from George Cruikshank’s Comic Alphabet he city that William Cobbett described as a “wen” or picare has spawned countless studies and statistics. The little Queen ruled for 64 years from to her death in Prince Albert and the Duke of Wellington.

Highly recommended read for anyone in danger of wearing rose-colored glasses when viewing the 19th century in London.

But these are only minor issues. There is a no-nonsense chapter arrangement as well.

She has no particular thesis to advance. Though each chapter is effectively self-contained – which does make the end of the book seem a little strange when there’s no conclusion, and the book just Victorian London is not a linear read, like a novel or history book, but a collection of chapters about different aspects of Victorian life. Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel.

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 pixard so often left out of history books.