Victorian London: The Life of a City by Liza Picard pp, Weidenfeld , £ It’s fitting that Liza Picard should begin her survey of. Victorian London has ratings and 65 reviews. Jill said: This book covers the mid-years of Queen Victoria’s reign and they were years of dramatic ch. Victorian London, by Liza Picard. Double-standard city. Michael Leapman; Friday 30 September 0 comments.

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It covers the years of Queen Victoria’s best years from until Liza Picard and Jerry White find different ways of rising to such challenges, with the happy result that they complement rather than rival each other. Liza Picard shows us the physical reality of daily life. InLondon was basically a pest-hole, with sewage running in the streets and fouling the River Thames, crowded and filthy slums, appalling poverty, and disease. As suburbs expanded and roads multiplied, London was ripped apart to make way for railway lines and stations, sewers, and the world’s first subway.

The book does a fine job of painting a vivid picture in the readers mind: Early photography studios kept a stock of nice clothes on hand, and so what a lower-middle to low class person is wearing in a photography studio picture shouldn’t be thought to be representative of what they actually owned.

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Popular histories vary greatly in their reliability, documentation and writing style and this is better than many. Feel free to skip to the chapters on topics that you care about.

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I liked this book but it is all over the place and jumps from one thing to another very quickly. The Thames was contained by embankments, and traffic congestion was eased by the first underground railway in the world.

Sep 18, Margaret rated it really liked it Shelves: To some extent, yes. Work” is particularly harrowing:.

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I was particularly interested in the section that covered the Crystal Palace, as I had always heard about it victoriann never actually knew what was in it. For one thing that defines the era is the mania for measurement and classification, as much in social studies as in natural history.

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Palmer Limited preview – It’s hard to think of a more heroically pointless endeavour. I found the chapters on the day to day lives of people in various classes particularly engaging.

Victorian London: The Tale of a City by Liza Picard

Picard is particularly good on the sort of thing that contemporary chroniclers didn’t always think to put in: In “humanizing” the “poor and degraded people,” wrote Charles Booth, “the influence of the schools is greater than that of the churches. It’s inevitable that readers will quibble over omissions: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. ISBN 1 1. The awkwardness of getting this through Temple Bar and then transferring the coffin to the waiting bier at St Paul’s provides some light relief, but, as so often with Picard, the emotive detail comes in at the end: But all in all, it’s well worth a read.


Jun 25, DeAnna Knippling rated it it was amazing Shelves: Victoiran promises us a tale, but her book is anything but that. More books by Liza Picard.

Picard relates fascinating details with superb storytelling skills. White’s pursuit of many topics through time and place in Victorian London makes us realise afresh that civilisation is a bitterly fought, on-going process.

Be that as it may, in “Part Two: MacmillanMar 7, – History – pages. More on “The Great Wen”: Picard covers a wide range of topics, some of which didn’t interest me. This grew to an astounding 2, pupils by Quotes from Victorian London I can honestly say I learnt much from this book lindon thoroughly enjoyed every minuet.

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The Stories in Our Genes. The choice picarrd authors is rather peculiar and author doesn’t compare them, just selects bits she finds curious and cites. The Invention of Murder: Finally got the thing done, as illustrated below. Stink or swim Adam Newey welcomes a new addition to the growing metroplis of capital literature, Liza Picard’s Victorian London.

The vignette mode of storytelling would have been fine had the author been more balanced in her presentation of the material.