To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
What the Victorians Did for Us Hardcover – September, 2001
All Books, All the Time
Read author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more at the Amazon Book Review. Read it now
Customers who bought this item also bought
From the Publisher
When Victoria came to the throne in 1837, Britain was on the brink of world supremacy in the production of iron, steel, and steam engines, and had seen an explosion of growth and developments that included railways, the electric telegraph, and wool production. The tremendous feeling of national pride was celebrated in the Great Exhibition of 1851. Drawing on his consummate skill as a storyteller, Adam Hart–Davis shows how Victorian movers and shakers changed our world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Adam Hart-Davis was educated at Eton and Oxford. He is best known for presenting on BBC2 'What the Romans Did for Us' and 'Local Heroes'. He also presents science programmes on Radio 4.
Top customer reviews
Shiver with amazement at Hart-Davis' revelation that Victoria's Secret (from which the famous lingerie designer takes its name) was that she had a wooden leg, carved from the steering wheel of the Cutty Sark, her famous flagship. Marvel at the reconstructed dialogue between Queen Victoriana and her gardener, Billy Connolly, and shed real tears when revered historian Hart-Davis describes in detail the controversial discovery that Connolly used his bushy, purple beard to keep Queen Victorianian warm during a long ride around Balmoral. What I like most about this book is Hart-Davis insists on sticking to facts, when other "historians" muddy the waters with fallacy and speculation. I particularly enjoyed Hart-Davis hand-drawn illustrations, and the inclusion of Victorian-Bath and Lord Michael Caine at the battle of the Zulus ("there's faasands of 'em") is a particularly stunning picture.
All-in-all, an excellent Christmas gift idea. Top Marks.