Consuming Passions
Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain
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A delightful and fascinating social history of Victorians at leisure told through the letters diaries journals and novels of nineteenth-century men and women from the author of the bestselling 'The Victorian House'.

A delightful and fascinating social history of Victorians at leisure, told through the letters, diaries, journals and novels of nineteenth-century men and women, from the author of the bestselling ‘The Victorian House’.

Imagine a world where only one in five people owns a book, where just one in ten has a knife or a fork – a world where five people out of every six do not own a cup to hold a hot drink. That was what England was like in the early eighteenth century. Yet by the close of the nineteenth century, the Industrial Revolution had brought with it not just factories, railways, mines and machines but also fashion, travel, leisure and pleasure.

Leisure became an industry – a cornucopia of excitement for the masses – and it was spread by newspapers, advertising, promotions and publicity – all of which were eighteenth-century creations. It was Josiah Wedgwood and his colleagues who invented money-back guarantees, free delivery and celebrity endorsements. New technology such as the railways brought audiences to ever-more-elaborate extravaganzas, whether it was theatrical spectaculars with breathtaking pyrotechnics and hundreds of extras – ‘hippodramas' recreating the battle of Waterloo – or the Great Exhibition itself, proudly displaying 'the products of all quarters of the globe' under twenty-two acres of the sparkling 'Crystal Palace'.

In ‘Consuming Passions’, the bestselling author of ‘The Victorian House’ explores this dramatic revolution in science, technology and industry – and how a world of thrilling sensation, lavish spectacle and unimaginable theatricality was born.

AuthorJudith Flanders
BindingPaperback
EAN9780007172962
ISBN0007172966
Height780 mm
Length508 mm
Width150 mm
Weight100 g
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages400
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2007-10-01
PublisherHarper Perennial
StudioHarper Perennial
Sales Rank1014035

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  • The author associated with Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain is Judith Flanders.
  • The EAN for Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain is 9780007172962.
  • The ISBN for Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain is 0007172966.
  • The height for Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain is 780 mm.
  • The length for Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain is 508 mm.
  • The width for Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain is 150 mm.
  • The weight for Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain is 100 g.
  • The language for Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain is English.
  • The binding of Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain is Paperback.
  • The number of pages for Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain are 400.
  • Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain is grouped in Book group of products.
  • The publication date for Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain is 2007-10-01.
  • The publisher for Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain is Harper Perennial.
  • The producer for Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain is Harper Perennial.
  • The sales rank for Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain is 1014035.