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‘Victorians Undone is probably the most authentic historical past guide I’ve learn in a protracted whereas’ Each day Mail
A SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR • AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR
A groundbreaking account of what it was wish to reside in a Victorian physique from one in all our greatest historians.
Why did the good philosophical novelist George Eliot really feel so self-conscious that her proper hand was bigger than her left?
Precisely what made Darwin develop that iconic beard in 1862, a great 5 years after his contemporaries had all retired their razors?
Who knew Queen Victoria had a private hygiene drawback as a younger girl and the disaster that adopted led to a hurried dedication to marry Albert?
What did John Promote Cotman, a good-looking drawing room operator who painted among the most beautiful watercolours the world has ever seen, really feel about marrying a lady whose huge nostril made sensible individuals snigger?
How did a working-class little one referred to as Fanny Adams disintegrate into items in 1867 earlier than being reassembled into a preferred joke, one we nonetheless reference at this time, however would cease, appalled, if we knew its origins?
Kathryn Hughes follows a thickened index finger or deep baritone voice into the realms of social historical past, medical discourse, aesthetic practise and non secular observance – its language is one in all admiring glances, merciless sniggers, an implacably turned again. The result’s an eye-opening, deeply clever, groundbreaking account that brings the Victorians again to life and helps us perceive how they lived their lives.