The Victorians has been widely acclaimed as the classic single-volume history of the Victorian era. Now, in this illustrated edition, A.N. Wilson presents his magnificent portrait of the age alongside many enthralling images of the 19th-century lives that he pieced together - telling a story that is still unfinished in our own day.
This beautifully produced large-format hardback contains over 150 illustrations, including photographs, paintings, drawings and cartoons from the age.
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The best single volume work on the Victorian age yet written. - Evening Standard
A magnificent achievement: plucky, engaged and full of awe at the way we continue to live out its inheritance today. - Katherine Hughes, The Guardian
It's hugely enjoyable, and you will undoubtedly learn something interesting about your own relationship to the past while reading it. - Independent on Sunday
A wonderfully percipient and well-written survey of an epoch...What more could anyone interested in Victorian history wish for. - Lord Blake, Literary Review
A.N. Wilson's The Victorians was the book he was born to write; it was evidently the product of decades of love for and familiarity with the period - Spectator
Whether he is dealing with war or famine, science, politics, religious beliefs or literature, Wilson is incapable of writing a dull sentence... This is the history of a vanished world brought to vibrant life
The Victorians is a work of scholarship, a labour of love, a persuasive polemic. - Mail on Sunday
Wilson has produced a judicious, knowledgable and very full portrait of the epoch. - Daily Mail
A brilliant evocation of an age
- The Times
A. N. Wilson's The Victorians widens the focus of God's Funeral which was one of the best books of its year. This one, too, is to be devoured - Sunday Telegraph
Breathtaking... Wilson portrays this world with rich energy
- Daily Telegraph
Reading A.N. Wilson's The Victorians provides ongoing pleasure in handsomely researched, beautifully written prose about an age which we have come to think of disparagingly. We thought wrong - Mail on Sunday
A. N. Wilson was born in 1950 and educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. He is a celebrated biographer and novelist, winning prizes for much of his work. He lives in North London.