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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman, read by Patience Tomlinson.

How to be a Victorian - a time traveller's guide to Victorian Britain by the BBC's Ruth Goodman. 

We know what life was like for Victoria and Albert. But what was it like for a commoner like you or me? How did it feel to cook with coal and wash with tea leaves? Drink beer for breakfast and clean your teeth with cuttlefish? Dress in whalebone and feed opium to the baby? Surviving everyday life came down to the gritty details, the small necessities and tricks of living.

Drawing on Ruth's unique first-hand experience, gained from living on a Victorian farm for a year, this book will teach you everything you need to know about 19th-century living.

If you liked A Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England or If Walls Could Talk, you will love this book.

©2018 Ruth Goodman (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Loved it. Very interesting!

I've recently started a longer commute and this has really made it easier to bear! I found it very engaging and loved the references to real people.

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Absolutely fascinating

As a huge fan of Ruth Goodman I was thrilled to come across her book on audible, not getting alot of time for actual reading it was so good to be able to enjoy her work while carrying on with mine. She leaves no aspect of everyday life out of this truly brilliant insight into what it was like to be a victorian. Fantastic experience.

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A lively and riveting read ,that’s not dry

In part two it does contain sexually explicit details,of which should’ve been stated.
There is in part one a repeating of two sentences,which should have been edited out.

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Love it.

Excellent book. Well read by Patience Tomlinson. More of the same please. And hurry up!

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While scholarly I was less than impressed by the pace and demanding narrative of this tome.I found it to be less than engaging for a listener who may not be familiar with the Victorian Age.Disappointing

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Excellent insight into Victorian life

I'm a big fan of the 'Time Travellers guide' series and I thoroughly enjoyed this!

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Ruth puts it in the back of the net AGAIN!

Ruth histories are about people without power without influence who are just trying to get by

Like most of us

It’s an eye opener to see how our great grand parents lived (in very old 😂)

She gets you laughing, crying (oh my lord somethings that the women had to do just to survive was so harrowing and the children!!) and she also lightens it all with humour

If you have any interest in REAL history download this now

The narration was also top drawer

Brilliant

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Victorian Obsessions

An insight into Victorian bodily functions and how to deal with them. Some good sociology though.

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The perfect combination

A fantastic book written by Ruth Goodman and narrated by the brilliant Patience Tomlinson. It's the perfect combination! This book is a 'must' for fans of Victorian domestic history. Ruth gives an interesting and amusing insight into Victorian life and I loved it. Well done Ruth, please do the Edwardian era next!