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How to Be a Victorian

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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman, read by Patience Tomlinson.

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.

©2018 Ruth Goodman (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Tedious and Disappointing!

This rather lengthy book presents various aspects of daily life in Victorian Britain. It strikingly sets out how housework has become incredibly easier with running water, electricity and mechanization, including laundry, bathing and cooking. Unfortunately, the author is very attached to details and in fact provides way too many, including on mundane topics such as privies and chamber pots. Also, there is a lack of sociological context to the presentation and much is assumed on the reader’s familiarity with social classes and 19th century demography and economics. The author is certainly passionate about her work ... to a point that some may question her mental balance. To write a book on Victorian times, is it necessary or indeed pertinent to wear a corset for weeks on end, to abstain from using water for four months in a row to wash oneself, to eat porridge three times a day, etc.?

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  • 29/01/2020

Well read story about Victorian everyday Life

A very good and entertaining study of the Victorian Age. We follow the author and her witnesses from dusk till dawn of a (or many) average Victorian day and through the whole era. Anecdotes and sources mixed together in a most entertaining way make this audiobook an easy and fun to follow study with many astonishing examples. It's suited for people who know nothing about the era and for those who have studied it already at the same time. The speaker has a very pleasant and warm voice and speaks neither to slow nor too fast to follow. She reads the quotes and narration different but without putting too much effort kneel changing her voice which I found very pleasant to listen to. I can highly recommend the audiobook to everybody who is interested in the everyday life of a different era.