George Armstrong

The Pocket Enquire Within
  • The Pocket Enquire Within

  • What is the correct way to carve a partridge?
    How should leeches be applied?
    How can egg whites be used to repair broken china?

    First published in 1856, Enquire Within rapidly became the indispensable guide to Victorian domestic life. Packed with words of wisdom and pithy advice, it covered everything from entertaining and etiquette to household management, and took in considered discussion of such arcane matters as how singing might prevent consumption, and which ointments will remove freckles, not to mention why chess should on no account ever be played at a ball.

    This new, charmingly illustrated pocket-sized edition contains a selection of hints and tips that not only provide a fascinating insight into the day-to-day life of Victorian Britain, but also, in places, reveal timeless wisdom that we would do well to heed today.

Born in Lincolnshire, George Armstrong moved with his family to Dulwich, where he went to school. He has an MA in English Literature from Cambridge University, and has worked in film and publishing. He is married with two children and lives in London.

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