31 Jul 2010 – BookCrossing (bought from Connected charity shop for BC purposes)

A look at Victorian leisure and pleasure, the themed chapters (shopping, reading, theatre, sports…) stretched in fact from the 18th to the early 20th century, and fascinating they were too. Each chapter could have been a book in its own right and was meticulously researched, referenced and footnoted, and I learnt a lot. Excellent illustrations, both within the text and on the plates, and superb cross-referencing. This long book was actually quite a quick read, and I recommend it to any lovers of social history. Why was the copy-editing only good until p. 101, though?