The Victorians, Paperback Book
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Jeremy Paxman's unique portrait of the Victorian age takes readers on an exciting journey through the birth of modern Britain.

Using the paintings of the era as a starting point, he tells us stories of urban life, family, faith, industry and empire that helped define the Victorian spirit and imagination.

To Paxman, these paintings were the television of their day, and his exploration of Victorian art and society shows how these artists were chronicling a world changing before their eyes.

This enthralling history is Paxman at his best - opinionated, informed, witty, surprising - and a glorious reminder of how the Victorians made us who we are today.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9781846077449

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Reasonably interesting book about Victorian life as depicted in the art of the time. Nothing very radical or new if you are fairly knowledgeable about this subject already, and not all the paintings discussed are illustrated. Probably at its best on the work/social conditions aspects of art. Paxman is nominally the author (and originator of the TV series linked to the book) but the writing is fairly bland and 'corporate' as befits what was clearly a collaborative project (and honestly described as such, to be fair)