Writer Wednesday: The Victorian City

Writer Wednesday

It’s time for “Writer Wednesday”, when I discuss another author and his or her book.

The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens’ London by Judith Flanders is an insider’s guide to the streets of London,when Oliver Twist and Scrooge were penned. With details outlining the street sellers, the development of a fire department, illuminations for celebrations, and the growing trade of horse “cabbies”, the city roars to life.

If you are interested in seeing the true Victorian city, I recommend this book. Charles Dickens and the insights that he included in his stories are also a part of this book, but the focus is clearly on London. More specifically, the majority of the book is about the streets of London- the sellers, the people who moved among them and the entertainment. In Victorian London, the streets were the meeting place of the various classes. Like the streets of London, Dickens’ stories continue to be a place where we encounter these characters from the various walks of life.

My best to you all,

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