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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 5 %
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 2 %
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %
The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The Dark Lady (The William Shakespeare Detective Agency Book 2)
Colin Falconer
Progress: 15 %
Cosmic Quest Cd (Bbc Audio)
Heather Couper
Firedrake's Eye
Patricia Finney
Progress: 15/249 pages

The Victorian City

The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London - Judith Flanders

Judith Flanders wrote Inside the Victorian Home, which pondered what exactly went on in each room of a Victorian house (leaving the question of why Jane Carlyle had 10 dining chairs in her bedroom unanswered, alas); this book is the companion, looking at the Victorian street, where so much of public life went on.


I can't recommend this one more.  It is a fascinating read.


For a great many people of Victorian London lived most of their lives out on the streets.  (For many people could not afford a house, but only a room, or part of one.  Or none at all.)  They walked (most of them many miles a day), ate (many inadequately), worked (for insane hours, up to 20 hours a day), and entertained themselves there, too.


Covers all sorts of territory, from one of the most ostentatious non-royal funerals ever (that of the Duke of Wellington, in 1852), to a discussion of what exactly was a prostitute, how did men recognize them when they saw them, and how many whores there were in London.


"Dickens' London" is not just a phrase for a catchy title: this book is about the London of his lifetime (only very occasionally do we stray later than the early 1870s, or earlier than about 1810), and a number of relevant episodes from his life and writings are mentioned.


Thoroughly illustrated, with black and white illustrations in the text, maps of Victorian London in the front, and a couple of color inserts.  Plentiful endnotes.