Daily Life in a Victorian House

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Author: Laura Wilson
Publisher: Puffin Books; Paperback
Ages: 9-12
Period: Victorian England; Fictional family story

A child's "Upstairs, Downstairs," this thrilling journey back in time into the heart of a Victorian home uses a unique visual approach, with photographs of real objects from the past in a close-up color to bring the period fully alive. Discover how a wealthy family and their servants really lived; how they dressed, what they ate, how they entertained. Daily Life in a Victorian House chronicles a day in the life of Smith family, from the moment when the housemaid struggles wearily to get out of bed to light the fires, to the moment when the last candle is snuffed out and the house is once more at rest. This book looks in close detail at a typical upper-middle-class household and its social and historical background, combining original artifacts, clothes, and interiors with informative text to present an intimate portrait of a Victorian home.

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