Radio 4's A History of Private Life

  • by Amanda Vickery, Simon Tcherniak
  • Narrated by Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Jasmine Hyde, Jeremy Young, Madeleine Brolly
  • 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

An engrossing BBC Radio 4 series spanning the history of the home and domestic relationships over the past 500 years, presented by Amanda Vickery.
Professor Amanda Vickery is one of the most charismatic historians in Britain today. In A History of Private Life she reveals the intimate secrets of life at home, from the Tudor mansion to the modern bedsit.
Through letters, diaries and other first-person accounts, we hear the voices of men and women from very different backgrounds telling their stories. Men behaving badly, adulterers on the sofa, servants running amok, bashful bachelors, and glamorous widows - all are revealed in their own words, providing a revealing portrait of how these long-dead people lived day to day and illuminating the problems, pleasures, successes, and catastrophes of domestic life.
Among the actors bringing this history to life are Deborah Findlay, John Sessions, Jasmine Hyde, Jeremy Young, Simon Tcherniak, and Madeleine Brolly. The series also features songs from the 18th and 19th century specially arranged and performed by David Owen Norris, who is accompanied on keyboards by singers Gwyneth Herbert and Thomas Guthrie.

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An intimate look at family life long ago.


This is truly fascinatingly. I've not been able to put this down once I started it this morning. The excerpts from diaries make it easy to empathise with individuals's experiences and emotions. I will enjoy listening to this again.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2010
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited