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A history of one of the most enduring experiments of Victorian philanthropy - the 'model' village.
Jacqueline Yallop is the author of three novels and a history of Victorian collecting. She has a PhD in nineteenth-century literature and culture, and has worked as a museum curator in Manchester and Sheffield. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Aberystwyth.
"Compelling" Independent "This is a fascinating book, a glimpse through the keyhole of homes that turn out to be stages set for a performance." -- Lucy Lethbridge Financial Times "Intriguing... The descriptions of place, surface and mood are sharp and tangible" Guardian "A fascinating study of how human life is moulded and shaped by big money. It is...sobering." -- Charlie Gilmour Independent On Sunday "Provides valuable food for thought." -- Gillian Tindall Literary Review