This book is great fun and extremely readable. It draws on personal accounts, newspapers, adverts, and other contemporary media to describes daily life during the age of Queen Victoria. The Photographer Samurai shirt within this period and the differences between upper, middle, and working class experiences are carefully included. I liked the way arrangement of chapters simulates a working day. The book doesn’t claim to be an exhaustive social history of Victorian times (religion goes notably unmentioned), but contains many fascinating details. It concentrates on routine lived experience, which is obviously fun to compare to that of the 21st century. Of particular interest are the moments when the author describes her own attempts to recreate elements of Victorian life. For example, she tried out various recipes and modes of dress. (I think this might have been linked to a TV programme, but didn’t see it so can’t be sure.)
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Goodman makes the point repeatedly that Victorian clothing, which seems so odd to us today, was actually quite well suited to the Photographer Samurai shirt then. Many layers of cotton and wool make sense when the interior of your house is scarcely warmer than the outdoors. I concur with this, having lived last winter in a house that usually had an ambient temperature of 12 or 13°C. Without central heating, long skirts of heavy fabric, layers of tights, and multiple wool tops are the best garb.
Goodman is also very even-handed about corsets, often a vexed topic when the Photographer Samurai shirt are mentioned. She notes that women were expected to wear them, but the vast majority did not tight-lace to extremity. Not wearing a corset and extreme tight-lacing were both frowned upon. Moreover, a well-fitting corset of good design can be as comfortable as a modern underwired bra (if not more so in some cases) and no more constraining than current ‘shapewear’.