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In These Times Living in Britain Through Napoleon's Wars, 1793-1815 by Jenny Uglow
  

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You emerge from reading In These Times almost convinced that you, too were one of the people waiting on the outcome of the Battles, dealing with family away at war, living lives profiting or losing by the war, overcome by the changes engulfing the countryside or even perhaps spotting ships at sea through your spyglass. The book is bought alive by the hundreds of quotations, diary entries and letters that pepper the text; this is history as it happened, an immersion into the history of Britain during the French wars culminating in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, a tremendous feat of social history from Jenny Uglow.

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Who is Sue Baker

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. In the years after the French Revolution, Britain was at war with France for more than two decades and often on alert for an invasion. However, this is not a book about the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, but a sweeping history of those left behind in the British Isles and the effect the European conflict had at home. Jenny Uglow is one of Britain’s most respected writers of non-fiction and she calls this superb sweeping history a ‘crowd biography’. It moves from fields and fairs to farms and foundries, taking in theatres and clubs as well as Downing Street and Westminster. Uglow brings the reader poetry, propaganda and politics and a cast of characters that ranges from Pitt, Fox, and Nelson, to the experiences of weavers, merchants and clergymen. Illustrated with contemporary cartoons and artwork, this ambitious book gives us a fascinating insight into a critical and colourful period of British history.
~ Anthony Lafferty

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In These Times Living in Britain Through Napoleon's Wars, 1793-1815 by Jenny Uglow

We know the thrilling, terrible stories of the battles of the Napoleonic wars - but what of those left behind? The people on a Norfolk farm, in a Yorkshire mill, a Welsh iron foundry, an Irish village, a London bank or a Scottish mountain? The aristocrats and paupers, old and young, butchers and bakers and candlestick makers - how did the war touch their lives? Jenny Uglow, the prize-winning author of The Lunar Men and Nature's Engraver, follows the gripping back-and-forth of the first global war, but turns the news upside down, seeing how it reached the people. Illustrated by the satires of Gillray, Rowlandson and the paintings of Turner and Constable, and combining the familiar voices of Jane Austen, Wordsworth, Scott and Byron with others lost in the crowd, In These Times delves into the archives to tell the moving story of how people lived and loved and sang and wrote, struggling through hard times and opening new horizons that would change their country for a century ahead.

About the Author

Jenny Uglow

Jenny Uglow grew up in Cumbria, and then Dorset. After leaving Oxford, she worked in publishing and is now an Editorial Director of Chatto and Windus, part of Random House. She reviews for radio and for the Times Literary Supplement, Sunday Times and the Guardian, and acts as historical consultant on several BBC 'classic serials', including Wives and Daughters, The Way We Live Now, Daniel Deronda, and the forthcoming Trollope adaptation He Knew He Was Right. Jenny is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, was on the Advisory Group for the Humanities of the British Library, and is Vice-President of the Gaskell Society and an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Warwick.

Her own books include The Macmillan Dictionary of Women, now preparing its fourth edition; studies of George Eliot and Henry Fielding and the biographies Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories (1992) and Hogarth: A Life and a World (1997), both shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize, and Cultural Babbage: Time, Technology and Invention, co-edited with Francis Spufford. Her book The Lunar Men: The Friends Who Made the Future (2002), told the story of the colourful Lunar Society of Birmingham, including Matthew Boulton and James Watt, Josiah Wedgwood, Joseph Priestley and Erasmus Darwin - grandfather of Charles. Nature's Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick was published in October 2006.

Jenny is married to Steve Uglow, Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Kent: they have four children and live in Canterbury, Kent.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Jenny Uglow

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9780571269525

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