The Victorians
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The Victorians

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Jeremy Paxman's unique portrait of the Victorian age takes readers on an exciting journey through the birth of modern Britain. Using the paintings of the era as a starting point, he tells us stories of urban life, family, faith, industry and empire that helped define the Victorian spirit and imagination. To Paxman, these paintings were the television of their day, and his exploration of Victorian art and society shows how these artists were chronicling a world changing before their eyes. This enthralling history is Paxman at his best - opinionated, informed, witty, surprising - and a glorious reminder of how the Victorians made us who we are today.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 26mm | 322.05g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • BBC BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • B/W PHOTOS & ILLUS THROUGHOUT & FULL-COLOUR PLATE SECTIONS
  • 1846077443
  • 9781846077449
  • 153,311

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"A real contribution to art history, introducing the reader to a rich mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar... the book certainly taught me things about the Victorians that I either did not know or had not thought about with sufficient imagination" -- A.N. Wilson The Guardian "A wonderful introduction to the sheer vibrancy of the Victorian era... genuinely impressive" -- Dominic Sandbrook The Evening Standardshow more

About Jeremy Paxman

Jeremy Paxman was born in Yorkshire and educated at Cambridge. He is an award-winning journalist and the author of Friends in High Places: Who Runs Britain?, Fish, Fishing and the Meaning of Life, The English, The Political Animal and On Royalty. He is currently presenter of Newsnight and University Challenge.show more

Review Text

"A real contribution to art history, introducing the reader to a rich mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar... the book certainly taught me things about the Victorians that I either did not know or had not thought about with sufficient imagination"show more

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161 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
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4 47% (76)
3 27% (44)
2 4% (6)
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