Famous Victorians and their Unruly Bodyparts

with Kathyrn Hughes
16:30 - 17:30
£15 non-subscriber, £12 subscriber

We think of the Victorians as physically buttoned-up.  And yet, as historian Kathryn Hughes reveals in her new book 'Victorians Undone', our great grandparents lived with their bodies as intimately as we do.  Come along to find out why young Queen Victoria had a problem with personal hygiene, why Charles Darwin started growing his famous beard 10 years after his contemporaries all retired their razors, and why George Eliot's descendants couldn't bear anyone knowing that her right hand was larger than her left.

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Kathryn Hughes is the author of major award-winning biographies of Mrs Beeton and George Eliot, both of which were filmed by the BBC. She is a columnist and critic for the Guardian newspaper and Professor of Life Writing at the University of East Anglia.  Her new book, Victorians Undone, was published by 4th Estate in January 2017.

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