Dr Johnson's London

Dr Johnson's London

Like its popular and acclaimed predecessor RESTORATION LONDON, this book is the result of the author’s passionate interest in the practical details of the everyday life of our ancestors, so often ignored in more conventional history books. Based on every possible contemporary source – diaries, almanacs, newspapers, advice books, memoirs, government papers and reports – Liza Picard examines every aspect of life in London: the streets, houses and gardens; cooking, housework, laundry and shopping; clothes and jewellery, cosmetics and hairdressing; medicine, sex, hobbies, education and etiquette; religion and popular beliefs; law and crime. This book spans the years 1740 to 1770, starting when the gin craze was gaining ground and ending when the east coast of America was still British.

`Accessible and vivid. Picard’s curiosity and enthusiasm are infectious, and she has an instinct for what will interest the lay reader’ Daily Telegraph

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Genre: Humanities / History / History: Earliest Times To Present Day / Modern History To 20th Century: C 1700 To C 1900

On Sale: 10th April 2006

Price: £18.99

ISBN-13: 9780752884707

Reviews

There are fascinating disquisitions on do-it-yourself decorating, on male and female underwear, on funerals, and on the language of fans ... Dr Johnson's London is a Baedeker of the past ... It is absorbing and revealing in equal measure
Peter Ackroyd, The Times
In this new survey of Johnson's London, which spans the years 1740 to 1770, Liza Picard reveals what it was that proved so compelling about the monstrous metropolis ... With her keen eye for human quirks and human weakness, Picard brings the age's tortuous splendours and profound murkiness vividly to life, and does so with great verve and originality
Henry Hitchings, Observer
At last, a riveting history book with no wars, few dates and minimal references to the King ... Picard has an unerring eye for picking out the most vivid phrase, the most apt memory or pithiest description from the wealth of contemporary information that exists
Ruth Cowen, Sunday Express
Picard's exploration of life in the mid-eighteenth century succeeds in being both accessible and vivid. Her curiosity and enthusiasm are infectious, and she has an instinct for what will interest the lay reader
Victoria Lane, Daily Telegraph
This book sweeps across the London of 1740 to 1770 like a flying magnifying glass. [Picard's] dry humour and eagle eye make her a superb guide. It opens with a sedan chair tour around George II's London and along the river. I can only say it is brilliant
Illtyd Harrington, Camden New Journal
This wonderful book drops us right in the noisy, dirty, dung-ridden heart of mid-eighteenth-century London ... Picard's street-level approach builds up a compelling, all-encompassing picture of how Londoners, from commoners to kings, lived and died
Glasgow Herald
Read Liza Picard's book, wrap yourself in the atmosphere of the past, and you'll emerge with a gulp of relief to be living now, not then
Miranda Seymour, Sunday Times