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How to Be a Victorian

Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
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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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amazing so many facts

I love Ruth Goodman and had watched her programs many 5imes so when I saw her book I had to get it. I wasn't dissapointed. so many facts and amazing information. I love the detail she goes into the day to day life.

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  • mat brown
  • 07-09-2018

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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  • Michele Richards
  • 12-10-2018

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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  • Jason Moore
  • 08-10-2018

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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  • flowertoes
  • 16-06-2019

endurance and fortitude.

Lovely Ruth,thank you for your research and,making such an interesting real story,in alot of instances Our people were no more than slaves,thank goodness that there ae people that look into our past hopefully.to keep a better future.

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  • Julia Källén
  • 07-05-2019

Very real

Very interesting to listen to and it feels real, the author adds her own experiences and thoughts and reflections.

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  • Marilyn
  • 08-12-2018

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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  • Gadgetfanatic
  • 22-09-2018

Love it.

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

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  • Mary
  • 19-09-2018

exceptionally interesting read.

This book is totally absorbing, engaging and entertaining.The subject matter is meticulously researched and very well narrated.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-09-2018

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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  • Simon Muller
  • 04-09-2018

Victorian Obsessions

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