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How to be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman
  

How to be a Victorian

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Through her TV series delving back into the past, Ruth Goodman is known for her hands on approach to history and in How to be a Victorian it is striking how much can be learned by dressing in the clothes, undertaking the everyday tasks of the Victorian Day. This learning can often be at odds with perceived wisdom and thus in a great many small ways it challenges our view of the Victorians both upstairs and down, it’s a thoroughly absorbing history that immerses you in Victorian life.

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How to be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman

How to be a Victorian - a time traveller's guide to Victorian Britain by the BBC's Ruth Goodman. We know what life was like for Victoria and Albert. But what was it like for a commoner like you or me? How did it feel to cook with coal and wash with tea leaves? Drink beer for breakfast and clean your teeth with cuttlefish? Dress in whalebone and feed opium to the baby? Surviving everyday life came down to the gritty details, the small necessities and tricks of living. Drawing on Ruth's unique first-hand experience, gained from living on a Victorian farm for a year, this book will teach you everything you need to know about 19th century living. If you liked A Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England or If Walls Could Talk, you will love this book. Popular Historian Ruth Goodman is an expert in nineteenth-century social and domestic history. She has presented a number of BBC television series, including Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm and is a regular expert on The One Show. She spent ten years as a historical advisor to the Royal Shakespeare Company's Globe Theatre and has co-authored three books, including the Number One Bestseller Victorian Farm.

Reviews

Written with such passion that one cannot help but be carried along ... Will fascinate and inform anyone who is in any way interested in Victorian ways of life -- Dr Ian Mortimer, author of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

A delightful read ... allows us to see how the Victorians lived from day to day. A triumph -- Judith Flanders, author of The Victorian City

Shocking, exciting, wonderful -- Clive Anderson BBC Radio 4

I absolutely love this book. Exuberant, absorbing ... there's scarcely a detail of Victorian life Ruth has not tried -- A N Wilson Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Popular Historian Ruth Goodman is an expert in nineteenth-century social and domestic history and has presented a number of BBC television series, including Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm. She spent ten years as a historical advisor to the Royal Shakespeare Company's Globe Theatre and also appeared in the BBC2 programme 'Tales from the Banquet Hall'. She is a regular presenter on The One Show and has co-authored three books, including the Number One Bestseller Victorian Farm.

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Publication date

6th March 2014

Author

Ruth Goodman

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Author's Website

www.ruthgoodman.me.uk/

Publisher

Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

The Real World
History
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Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900

ISBN

9780670921362

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