As promised in the title, How to be A Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life, Goodman takes the reader through a day in the life of people in Victorian Britain (with occasional detours to America). She focuses on the experience of the majority, rather than the history makers. Goodman draws on her experience as a historical re-enactor to bring the information to life: she can tell you how it feels to wear a corset while trying to complete household tasks or what laundry day is like without a washing machine or running water. Although it is often horrifying (nearly everyone was freezing and hungry all the time, parents routinely doused their small children with opium), it is an extremely fascinating read.
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Review Submitted by: Michelle Milne
Rating: Highly Recommended