Includes an event or diary entry for every day in the year, drawn from the whole of Victoria's reign. Some of these moments record history in the making, others are memorable because they describe things that seemed incidental at the time, but are brought to life by the intimate insight they provide into Victorian lives. Extracts include: 1 Jan (1881), the first postal orders were issued (1881) February 26 (1852), the Birkenhead is wrecked off Simon's Bay, South Africa, and about 600 troops go down, drawn up in perfect order on the decks 21 May (1894), the Manchester Ship Canal is officially opened by Queen Victoria 4 Sept (1854), passengers start a weekly newsletter aboard SS Great Britain as she sails from Australia to England 25 October (1854), the charge of the Light Brigade
Felicity Trotman was born in Belfast, moving to Wiltshire as a child. Having studied graphic design and taken a History degree, she worked in publishing. She was a fiction editor at Puffin and at Macmillan Children's Books. Eventually turning freelance, she added history and military history to her children's specialty - though she admits that she prefers firing guns to writing about them. She is a churchwarden, school governor, and has spent many happy years as a member of the English Civil War Society.
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