Judith Flanders

Judith Flanders is the author of the bestselling The Victorian House: Domestic Life from Childbirth to Deathbed (2003); the critically acclaimed Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain (2006); A Circle of Sisters (2001), which was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award; and, most recently, The Invention of Murder (2011). She is a frequent contributor to the Sunday Telegraph, Guardian, Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement. Currently a senior research fellow at the University of Buckingham, she lives in London.



A quite extraordinary book, which I read with much enjoyment: an intoxicating blend of London, life and literature... I think it's Judith Flanders' best book yet, which is saying something.Andrew Taylor

Meticulous and gripping... Flanders says that Dickens appealed to contemporaries because he gave them a voyage into the unknown: into parts of London they did not know and where they would not venture. She does something similar for us. The strangeness remains, but the voyage is unforgettable.

The teeming, bustling, hand-to-mouth and often smelly facts of mid-19th century urban life have seldom been more vividly presented than in this book.
Literary Review

Sunday Times

With infectious enthusiasm Judith Flanders dives into the sights, smells, sounds and grit of what was then the largest city the world had ever known: London
Sunday Telegraph

Flanders captures the variety and colour of 19th-century London, stirring admiration and indignation by turns. To lead us through the Victorian capital, through its hustle and sprawl, its dangers and entertainments, you couldn't hope for a better guide.
New Statesman

Recreates the textures of everyday life with an anthropologist's understanding of human behaviour alongside a storyteller's eye for character.
Daily Telegraph

Fascinating... A treasure chest, bursting with facts and thoughts about what homes mean and how they have been lived in: a perfect book to curl up with in the comfort of your own.Frances Wilson
Mail on Sunday

From the humble shack to the modern high-rise, Judith Flanders brilliantly illuminates the meaning of "home" throughout history. The Making of Home is a fascinating and ambitious exploration into the soul of family life. We are more than what we eat, we are also how we live.
Amanda Foreman

In this clever and entertaining book Flanders gives the everyday, from bed-making to drainpipes, all the vivid interest of something newly made strange.Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Sunday Times

A delicious yet nerdy treat... This book deserves a place on your shelves, bedside table, or ottoman

The Times

Even though I often wanted to argue with its author, I loved this book.Victoria Glendinning
Literary Review

The Making of Home is filled with bold arguments and memorable details... A compelling account of what was gained and lost in the quest for cosinessBen Highmore

Magnificent... Wonderfully rich and wittyBee Wilson

Judith Flanders has many interesting, and sometimes startling, things to say about what domesticity means to us, how that meaning changed - and how it has endured... She is an efficient debunker of myths about poverty, family and the past.Lucy Lethbridge
Financial Times

This is a hugely informative book, and worth reading for the feminist chapter on women's changing roles alone. An absorbing read.
Daily Express

Thought-provoking... Deeply absorbingCharlotte Moore

In The Making of Home, historian Judith Flanders furnishes fascinating detail on how houses have been made to feel like "home" over 500 years.
Wall Street Journal

[A] wonderful social history ... a riveting, whistle-stop tour through history.
Daily Mail