Weaving together the perspectives of historians and literary scholars with movements in art, science and ethics, Gange paints a colourful, interdisciplinary portrait of everyday life in nineteenth century Britain. The Victorians: A Beginner's Guide features such famous figures as Dickens and Disraeli, while offering a thought-provoking examination of how our perceptions of this pivotal period of history have changed.
'Never anything less than an engaging, clear and thoroughly appetising scholarly introduction to the "multiple identities in fragile balance" that characterised the Victorian era'.
'Beautifully written, erudite and evocative... Whether you're a seasoned reader or a new student, this work has much to offer and is the best introduction available to the Victorians and their worlds.'
"This is undoubtedly the best single volume on Victorian culture and history out there - and not just for beginners. It is wide-ranging, incisive, smart, generous to other scholars and beautifully conceived: it will be integral to a generation of students' understanding of the era."
"I own a shelf full of introductions to the Victorians, but this one is unquestionably the best. The Victorians: A Beginner's Guide covers all the key issues and topics in a lively, engaging, and authoritative manner. It also has the incomparable advantage of being written by one of the very best scholars in the field.”