This Victorian Life

  • by Sarah A. Chrisman
  • Narrated by Laural Merlington
  • 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

We all know that the best way to study a foreign language is to go to a country where it's spoken, but can the same immersion method be applied to history? How do interactions with antique objects influence perceptions of the modern world?
From Victorian beauty regimes to 19th-century bicycles, custard recipes to taxidermy experiments, oil lamps to an ice box, Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman decided to explore 19th-century culture and technologies from the inside out. Even the deepest aspects of their lives became affected, and the more immersed they became in the late Victorian era, the more aware they grew of its legacies permeating the 21st century.
In her first book, Victorian Secrets, Chrisman recalled the first year she spent wearing a Victorian corset 24/7. In This Victorian Life, Chrisman picks up where Secrets left off and documents her complete shift into living as though she were in the 19th century.

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Imagine a female Bill Bryson choosing to learn about the 1890s by full immersion. This book is witty, entertaining, beautifully written and educational in its authenticity. I wanted it to go on forever and wished Sarah Chrisman was my friend!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-11-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio