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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It is perfectly agreeable if one is a bit toryish, but smirkinly describing how people fought against hour work day seems too much.

;icard, more than Picard’s kind of reportage, more even than the simple idea of expansion, this is White’s concern — his thesis, if you like. Steven Johnson Limited preview – This is history as I had never read before.

The prose was readable and engaging and I appreciated Picrd little asides and comments. The first chapter, for example, is called “Smells” Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Thanks for telling us about the problem. In Chapter 19 on education, for example, she tells the story of Moses Angel, a story that brings together some of my own interests in this area, but was quite new to me.

For readers who enjoy their history told with a sense of gusto, verve, and a keen eye for lomdon, Liza Picard brings Victorian London to fruitful life.

It’s a mighty big effort to write about 30 years in the life of a city, especially one as big as London that was going through so many changes at that time.

Victorian London: The Tale of a City 1840-1870

I cannot recommend Liza Picard books whether written or audiobooks. Why does this book focus on the period ? Feb 20, Emma Rose Ribbons rated it really liked it Shelves: Opens with The Great Stink The history was consumable and easy to imagine, so it made the reading fly by!

This is a wonderful, detailed and humorous look at life in London in the earlier part of Queen Victoria’s reign. White’s pursuit of many topics through time and place in Victorian London makes us realise afresh that civilisation is a bitterly fought, on-going process.


A Dictionary of Victorian London: The Marriage certificate was framed and used to decorate the wall at home in the ‘s And Professor Riley-Smith was my tutor. Victorian London is not a linear read, like a novel or history book, but a collection of chapters about different aspects of Victorian life.

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Old maps are useful reference points here, and White includes seventeen of them. Picard performs the function of master of ceremonies, ushering you from person to person, giving you a few words of explanation where needed, and adding in her own jokes.

London Historians’ Blog Random musings about London’s history. Paperbackpages. This website uses cookies. I’d say it’s more a book of trivia raher than investigation. Most certainly greater than the poor law. Picard writes in a familiar, casual style what is was like to be in the city during those years. Am now listening to Dr Johnson’s London and that is at least as good if not better.

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If White’s study is denser and more challenging than Picard’s, and more meticulously referenced with seventy-five pages of endnotes to Picard’s forty-five, and a massive bibliography as well it is by no means dry or stolid. Here she looks at the various social classes Chaptersand many aspects of everyday life such as houses, food, clothes, health, amusements, education, and crimes and punishments Chapters We then go on to costs, how much to have a lavatory installed, the flush system that were put into a middle class family home.

As suburbs expanded and roads multiplied, London was ripped apart to build railway lines and stations and life-saving sewers. The Stories in Our Genes. The victoria shows the reader the physical reality of daily living and it is not a pretty picture. I vicorian particularly interested in the section that covered the It’s pidard mighty big effort to write about 30 years in the life of a city, especially one oiza big as London that was going through so many changes at that time.

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My Life with Wagner. The abundant illustrations add greatly to the narrative. The awkwardness of getting this through Temple Bar and then transferring the coffin to the waiting bier at St Paul’s provides some light relief, but, as so often with Picard, the emotive detail comes in at the end: Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

The Luza two hundred pages longer even than White’s hefty volume has both that author’s marvellous flow and his tendency to dramatise, sentimentalise and mysticise: This was a fascinating look at the city that I love to visit. Thus the book proceeds, by typifying anecdotes, which are well chosen and impeccably annotated, and all linked together by Picard’s untroubling, readable prose.

The author chose to focus only on the yearswhich is definitely a good thing. Most people know about Victoran, and the Mutiny a century later. The author was thrown off my pictures of servant girls in fancy dresses.

I’m giving it four stars because the length of the quotes really distracted me from the overall narrative and because, in the end, it didn’t have that many details. In this, the fourth in her series of London histories, Liza Picard runs through lisa everyday life of Londoners between victorizn ; a time when the city was the heart of the British Empire and its inhabitants seemed to be buzzing with new ideas and inventions.

She lives in London. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. When Picard shows Angel at the roadside, picnicking with his army of pupils after a school outing to the British Museum and the Surrey Zoological Gardens, we too pause to admire this man who did so much to integrate immigrant Jewish children into the mainstream of English society.

An interesting look at London during the Victorian period.