Interesting, but not what you'd call light reading

The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London - Judith Flanders

As a historical fiction author, I'm always doing research -- even when I don't have a work in progress. So, when the opportunity arose for me to read and review this book, I jumped at it.


Author Judith Flanders examines life in London from the Regency to Victorian eras, covering such matters as transportation, food acquisition, street theatre (which she defines as events people might watch from the street, such as a funeral procession) and even prostitution.


The book comes in at a weighty 544 pages, with a little more than 100 pages of footnotes and bibliography; it is exceedingly well-researched. However, it is not what one might call a fast or easy read; there is a great deal of detail in the work, and I found myself digesting only 10-20 pages at a time before I needed to put it down and absorb what I'd read.


I appreciated the immense amount of research and information provided from primary sources; this is a book to which I will doubtless turn as a reference from time to time.