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.
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.
Publication date: 06/11/2014
Publisher: Faber & Faber Non-Fiction an imprint of Faber & Faber
|Publication date:||6th November 2014|
|Publisher:||Faber & Faber Non-Fiction an imprint of Faber & Faber|
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 ...More About Jenny Uglow