Social History Liza Picard Victorian London

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Victorian London

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Drawing on a huge wealth of primary source material, including unpublished journals and diaries, Liza Picard provides a vivid social history of London in one of its most dramatic and exciting periods.

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Liza Picard was born in 1927. She read law at the London School of Economics and qualified as a barrister, but did not practise. She worked for many years in the office of the Solicitor of the Inland Revenue and lived in Gray's Inn and Hackney, before retiring to live in Oxford. Restoration London, the result of many years' interest and research into London life, was her first book.

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I was delighted, as usual, by Liza Picard's Victorian London, the fourth of her grand series on life in the capital -- Jan Morris OBSERVER This book is a feast of tit-bits, bringing 19th-century London to life piecemeal with the accumulation of facts ... a valuable addition to the literature of London -- Jad Adams SUNDAY TELEGRAPH Whether she is describing the music halls, such as the Alhambra in Leicester Square, or the criminal underworld, or the foundation of London University, or the lives of the costermongers, or the expansion of the middle-class suburbs, she never loses her eye for the telling detail. Reading her book is like gazing at one of those energetic, crowded canvases by the Victorian painter William Powel Frith, who brought the age to life through a multiplicity of detail -- A. N. Wilson EVENING STANDARD The glories of Picard's magpie style are immediately apparent. She paints a picture with deft, sure strokes, then finds the perfect quotation -- Judith Flanders TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT She cannot be denied her bid for the heavyweight crown. She writes the old history, descriptive and unanalytical, painted in exhilarating colours -- Simon Jenkins SUNDAY TIMES She is an engaging companion, always wondering out loud about the sort of questions which you've asked yourself ... an enjoyable book -- Philip Hensher SPECTATOR Thus the book proceeds, by typifying anecdotes, which are well chosen and impeccably annotated, and all linked together by Picard's untroubling, readable prose -- Adam Newey GUARDIAN Liza Picard's Victorian London is a mine of information and very readable -- Tony Benn This is a comprehensive history by anecdote, so the enlightening facts come thick and fast, from the suggestion that Queen Victoria had a slight German accent to the idea that linoleum is best washed with milk. And while there is certainly no pretence at some grand narrative, there is a genuine sense of time and place. It makes it a book to pick at - where else could one find out about velocipedes, costermongers and the "Monster School"? - but it's also one that adds incalculable depth to a walk round the capital. From houses to cemeteries, Picard enforces the idea that history really is all around us SUNDAY TELEGRAPH A wonderful achievement -- Claire Tomalin Her vivid panorama of London between 1840 and 1870 -- Michael Leapman INDEPENDENT Picard enjoys recounting the gruesome daily mechanics of living in what Cobbett described as "the great wen" -- Tristram Hunt NEW STATESMAN Vividness is the book's aim, and this is achieved splendidly ECONOMIST A highly readable account of nineteenth-century London... Picard's book is a mine of information told with great enthusiasm and passion. EXPRESS (7/7/06) This is a comprehensive history by anecdote, so the enlightening facts come thick and fast... Picard enforces the idea that history really is all around us. TELEGRAPH (8/7/06) Her survey of Victorian London is as enjoyably wide-ranging as her previous volumes, and her curiosity about apparent trivia resurrects the realities of the past more successfully than many more solemn works of social and political analysis do. SUNDAY TIMES (30/7/06)

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