The Victorian City

  • by Judith Flanders
  • Narrated by Corrie James
  • 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The 19th century was a time of unprecedented change, and nowhere was this more apparent than London. In only a few decades, the capital grew from a compact Regency town into a sprawling metropolis of six-and-a-half million inhabitants, the largest city the world had ever seen. Technology - railways, street-lighting, and sewers - transformed both the city and the experience of city living, as London expanded in every direction.
Now, Judith Flanders, one of Britain's foremost social historians, explores the world portrayed so vividly in Dickens' novels, showing life on the streets of London in colorful, fascinating detail. From the moment Charles Dickens, the century's best-loved English novelist and London's greatest observer, arrived in the city in 1822, he obsessively walked its streets, recording its pleasures, curiosities, and cruelties.
Now, with him, Flanders leads us through the markets, transport systems, sewers, rivers, slums, alleys, cemeteries, gin palaces, chop-houses, and entertainment emporia of Dickens' London, to reveal the Victorian capital in all its variety, vibrancy, and squalor.


What the Critics Say

"A superb portrait of an exciting, thriving, and dangerous city." (Booklist)


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An excellent account of life in Dickens' 19th century London. A must have for writers.
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- Martin Schiller

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-28-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio