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/ Key title A delightful and fascinating social history of Victorians at leisure, told through the letters, diaries, journals and novels of nineteenth-century men and women, from the author of the bestselling 'The Victorian House'. / From the bestselling author of 'The Victorian House' comes an insightful and captivating look at Victorians at leisure and how this budding industry grew into the mighty enterprise that it is today. / Commercial and accessible, this book feeds an insatiable interest with details of ordinary lives in history and the Victorian era at large. / 'The Victorian House' has sold over 21,000 copies in hardback and 30,000 copies in paperback in the UK.

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Judith Flanders is the author of critically acclaimed 'A Circle of Sisters' (2001) -- a biography of Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne-Jones, Agnes Poynder and Louisa Baldwin -- which was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award, and the bestselling 'The Victorian House - Domestic Life from Childbirth to Deathbed' (2003). She is a frequent contributor to the 'Daily Telegraph', the 'Guardian', the 'Evening Standard', and the 'Times Literary Supplement'. She lives in London.


'Flanders writes with absorbing detail and elegant analysis.' Sunday Times 'Judith Flanders's wonderfully entertaining book!a vigorously written, fact--filled cornucopia!it has nuggets of interest on every page.' Sunday Telegraph 'Flanders's book is suitably fat and fact-packed!this is a generous survey of a world that is both far stranger and far more familiar than the one we think we know.' Daily Telegraph '"Consuming Passions" tells the story of Victorian leisure and pleasure as an interrelated and intricate set of transformations!a fascinating, bewildering, marvel-crammed quest.' Guardian 'It is a world explored with much wit and insight!Flanders is excellent!It's a rich mix [and]!fluently written!It has every chance of becoming a bestseller.' Sunday Telegraph '!her book, which is about the ways our forebears enjoyed themselves, is itself pure pleasure from beginning to end! [Flanders] is encyclopaedic in her range!This book is packed with goodies as a rich Victorian Dundee cake. Seldom has painstaking academic research been put to better use to produce a work which is pure joy. Every page crammed with interest.' Daily Mail 'Formidable![an] excellent study!a major achievement.' Observer 'If there's a better social history this year, then I will eat my crinoline.'Sue Baker, Publishing News 'Bulging bran-tub of a book, wonderfully rich and hugely enjoyable!There is something dizzily acrobatic about the mountains of evidence she constructs, and she produces her punch lines with a conjuror's panache.' The Sunday Times 'Flanders is engagingly precise.' FT Magazine 'A fascinating, kaleidoscopic exploration of what Victorians did for fun.' thelondonpaper 'Deeply satisfying!Bursting with original research and statistics, it gives a panoramic view of Victorians at play.' Country Life 'I don't think anybody could read this book without learning something new and finding things of interest. Flanders has an eye for piquant details.' Spectator '"Consuming Passions" is an absorbing Gladstone bag of a book, from which curious items spill out in delightful profusion, some familiar, some very strange indeed.' Literary Review 'Full of fascinating nuggets, this book puts our modern obsession with buying stuff firmly into context. Reverting and revealing.' Time Out

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