The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton And Other Singular Tales from the Victorian Press

The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton And Other Singular Tales from the Victorian Press The Bunny Suicides of the s extraordinary bizarre and often morbidly funny stories from the depths of the Victorian press HOLIDAYMAKER FIGHTS OFF AFRICAN LION IN WELSH HOTEL ROOMMAN SWALLOWS MOUS

  • Title: The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton And Other Singular Tales from the Victorian Press
  • Author: Jeremy Clay
  • ISBN: 9781848316003
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Bunny Suicides of the 1880s extraordinary, bizarre and often morbidly funny stories from the depths of the Victorian press HOLIDAYMAKER FIGHTS OFF AFRICAN LION IN WELSH HOTEL ROOMMAN SWALLOWS MOUSE AND DIESWIFE DRIVEN MAD BY HUSBAND TICKLING FEETPALLBEARER KILLED BY COFFIN IN GRAVEYARDLIBERALS EAT DOGFrom the newspaper archives of the British Library, Jeremy Clay haThe Bunny Suicides of the 1880s extraordinary, bizarre and often morbidly funny stories from the depths of the Victorian press HOLIDAYMAKER FIGHTS OFF AFRICAN LION IN WELSH HOTEL ROOMMAN SWALLOWS MOUSE AND DIESWIFE DRIVEN MAD BY HUSBAND TICKLING FEETPALLBEARER KILLED BY COFFIN IN GRAVEYARDLIBERALS EAT DOGFrom the newspaper archives of the British Library, Jeremy Clay has unearthed the long lost stories that enthralled and appalled Victorian Britain.Within these pages are the riotous farces and tragedies of 19th century life, a time when life was hard, pleasures short lived, and gloating over other people s misfortune a thoroughly acceptable form of entertainment.Deliciously appalling and deliriously funny, The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton will have you, one way or another, in tears

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    • Isa Lavinia says:

      I tagged this as humour and, though I laughed, I must admit I finished this book thoroughly depressedJeremy Clay, a journalist himself, compiled the most bizarre news articles from the Victorian age and presented them divided by category: Animals, Love, Marriage and Family, Food and Drink, Health and Medicine, Coincidence and Luck, Sports, Hobbies and Pastimes, Inventions, Life and Death, Superstition, Arts and Entertainment, and a few others which defied classification.Not to say that each and [...]

    • Sam says:

      Well what can I say about this collection other than you have really got to love the Victorians. This pulls together the numerous stories that titillated, amused and horrified the paper reading public during Victorian times as the papers were getting to grips with what, when and how to report the various goings-on in the UK and the world at large. The stories range from the heart-wrenching to the side splittingly funny with everything in between and then some, all told in the pragmatic stiff-upp [...]

    • Deanne says:

      A collection of newspaper clippings from the 1800's, some funny, some tragic and some unbelievable. The one annoying thing about the book is that at the start of each chapter we're given a preface which includes one of the stories included in the chapter. Solved this by not reading the preface and going straight to the clippings.Also pleased that Clay added a short section to tell the reader what happened to the child left at a hotel by his mother, who then couldn't remember where the hotel was. [...]

    • Ally Kumari says:

      Some of the stories were amusing, some were disgusting and some nothing short of depressing. I enjoyed the book overall, but I admit I expected more crazy and more funny things to come out of it then it eventually did.

    • Carolina Rorigues says:

      I got ecstatic by it’s look. A book’s cover and its entire aspect is a very important factor for me. If your doing the art of writing, why ruin it by not taking serious the art of graphics? Jeremy Clay’s book did not disappointed me at all, on the contrary, I love the cover and I love it’s interior (it is has so many great illustrations and victorian frames, make it so much pleasant to read) The book is a selection of funny, eccentric, spooky and weird news from the victorian time. I tho [...]

    • Alison C says:

      As the title suggests, The Burglar Caught By a Skeleton and Other Singular Tales from the Victorian Press, by Jeremy Clay, is a compendium of news stories culled from various newspapers around Great Britain during the reign of Queen Victoria, who ruled the British Empire from 1837 to 1901. Most of the stories are short, fanciful and rather silly; some are quite dramatic and a few are pathetic too. I found it fun going, but obviously this is not meant to be read straight through, cover to cover; [...]

    • Mary Rose says:

      A truly hilarious read. This book takes excerpts from Victorian newspapers and groups them by theme for each chapter with a little forward written by the author, but otherwise offers no commentary so these amazing articles can stand on their own. The way Victorians tend to write comes across as a lot of wry humor and it's really, really funny. I took one star off because there is one chapter, Catastrophes, which doesn't match in tone to the rest of the book. It's just bad accidents, not anything [...]

    • Amerynth says:

      I probably enjoyed Jeremy Clay's book "The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton and Other Singluar Tales from the Victorian Press" a bit more than others would if they don't have a newspaper background. The book is a series of stories published in the Victorian-era Press-- usually with a bizarre angle. Many are probably made up, others have a bit of a ring of truth to them. It was fun to see sensational stories from that era, even though some were a little silly. I read this while waiting in the carpool [...]

    • Lesly says:

      Loved loved loved this book. I am not normally a huge fan of books filled with history, however Jeremy Clay has selected only the funniest, most heartbreaking and shocking of stories from the Victorian Press that will leave you in tears, whether in laughter or sadness. The opening to each chapter begins with an overview from the author himself, who writes incredibly well and gives you a preview of whats to come in each chapter, which definitely makes it more personal- rather than a who.e load of [...]

    • Bettie☯ says:

      It all began, as these things so often do, with a drink. One drink, which led to another, then more besides. Each one, generously given by a genial customer. Each one eagerly slurped by the monkey chained to the bar.But after four cocktails the Coney Island jackanapes started to mislay its manners. It demanded yet more booze. When its benefactor refused, it seized a whisky bottle and knocked him senseless to the floor. Read more

    • Harry Rutherford says:

      Seems like a great idea for a book, but not as entertaining as I hoped it would be, really. I would have preferred the extracts ordered semi-randomly, instead of by subject, to give more of a lucky dip feel. Chronologically perhaps. But maybe the real problem is the very dry tone of Victorian journalism.

    • Stacy says:

      Eh. I guess if I knew this book was just a collection of crazy Victorian news stories, I would have liked it more. I was expecting more analysis of why these tales were so popular, and why so many clearly fictitious stories were easily believed. This is not that book.

    • Sarah says:

      Just a super little mishmash of newspaper reports of the bizarre, the weird and the frankly gory. Wild beasts, dead children, women taken in sin and everything else the Victorians loved to read about. A perfect dipping into book.

    • Ren says:

      Quite enjoyable. Gives a glance into British society of the Victorian age. My only quibble is that sometimes when starting a chapter the author talks about one of the upcoming articles with so much detail that it's like you read that article twice.

    • Emma Bull says:

      Entertaining, but difficult to read in one sitting. I loved the language used by the Victorians, I have decided I would like to have my personal obituary say I expired! A must read for students of English language.

    • Meaghan says:

      Please view my full review here: mwgerard/of-weird-news-and

    • Patty Dohle says:

      Oh I did immensely enjoy this book! Bonkers tales full of the Victorian Gothic Penny-Dreadful, Gin Lane horrors, with their wonderfully lewd and over-the-top graphic illustrations - so much fun!

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