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  • Written with such passion that one cannot help but be carried along . . . Will fascinate and inform anyone who is in any way interested in Victorian ways of life

    Dr Ian Mortimer, author of The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England
  • A delightful read . . . allows us to see how the Victorians lived from day to day. A triumph

    Judith Flanders, author of The Victorian City
  • Shocking, exciting, wonderful

    Clive Anderson, BBC Radio 4
  • I absolutely love this book. Exuberant, absorbing ... there's scarcely a detail of Victorian life Ruth has not tried

    A N Wilson, Mail on Sunday
  • Ruth - a woman who possesses so much elbow grease that she could probably can the overflow to sell on the side

  • Goodman's enthusiasm for history is as palpable as her contempt for misty-eyed interpretations of it

  • Beetonian, compendious


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