THE VICTORIANS

Explore by-gone eras with these ancient books ...

A Stitch in Time

by Penelope Lively

Whilst on holiday, Maria begins to hear things that aren’t there – a swing creaking, a dog barking – and when she sees a Victorian embroidered picture, Maria feels a strange connection with the ten-year-old, Harriet, who stitched it. But what happened to her? 

Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow by Lucy Worsley

Who was Queen Victoria? A little old lady, dressed in everlasting black? Or a passionate young princess, a romantic heroine with a love of dancing? By looking at the detail of 24 days of her life, through diaries, letters and more, we can see Victoria up close and personal. 

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Daisy Saves the Day

by Shirley Hughes

This charming picture book tells the story of Daisy Dobbs – a young girl who works in London during the coronation of George V. When Daisy starts as a scullery maid, she works hard to try and please her employers. But her greatest day comes when disaster strikes, and only Daisy can save the day...

Oliver Twist (Vintage Children's Classic) by Charles Dickens

Follow Oliver's rags to riches adventures in Victorian England from being left at the orphanage, sold into a job, running away and joining street urchins to being rescued by Mr Brownlow, then being abducted by Sikes and taken back by Sikes' girlfriend Nancy.

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Explore! Victorians 

by Jane Bingham

Explore the Victorians who lived in a time of great progress and change. Read about Queen Victoria's long life and reign, the great Victorian buildings, ideas and inventions. Discover the working conditions in the mines and factories and a day in the life of a Victorian schoolchild.

The Midnight Hour

by Benjamin Read

Emily's parents have vanished into the secret world of the Midnight Hour - a Victorian London frozen in time - home to magic and monsters. Emily must find them in the city of the Night Folk, armed only with a packed lunch, a stowaway hedgehog and her infamously big mouth.

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You Wouldn't Want to be a Victorian Schoolchild! 

by John Malam

Growing up in Britain in the 1880s wasn't easy. For a young child in school the going is tough and the punishments are hard. Follow the experiences of Victorian schoolchildren and will learn some top tips on survival at school. 

Horrible Histories: Vile Victorians

by Terry Deary 

All the foulfacts about the Vile Victorians are ready to uncover, including the murderers who wouldn't hang, when the first public loo was flushed and how stag hunting took place in Paddington Station!

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Twelve Minutes to Midnight 

by Christopher Edge

Penelope is the feisty orphan heiress of the magazine, The Penny Dreadful. Her tales of the macabre are gripping Victorian Britain, even if no one knows she's the author. One day, a letter she receives from the notorious Bedlam madhouse plunges her into an adventure more terrifying than she ever imagined.

Gaslight by Eloise Williams

All Nansi knows is that her mother disappeared out of Cardiff docks in 1899. Now she works at the Empire Theatre, trying to earn money to hire a detective to find her. But everything changes when Constance and Violet join the theatre - when Constance recognises her, and realises who her mother must be - Nansi's world is turned upside down forever.

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