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The Best Books From And About The Victorian Era

“What are the best books about and from The Victorian Era?” We looked at 262 of the top Victorian Era books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 36 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Victorian Era” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 200+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 36 Victorian Era Books



36 .) A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens

 A Christmas Carol

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Scottish Book Trust

If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!’ Introduction and Afterword by Joe Wheeler To bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas is just another day. But all that changes when the ghost of his long-dead business partner appears, warning Scrooge to change his ways before it’s too late. Part of the Focus on the Family Great Stories collection, this edition features an in-depth introduction and discussion questions by Joe Wheeler to provide greater understanding for today’s reader. “A Christmas Carol” captures the heart of the holidays like no other novel.



35 .) A Great and Terrible Beauty written by Libba Bray

 A Great and Terrible Beauty

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • The Ya Shelf

In this debut gothic novel mysterious visions, dark family secrets and a long-lost diary thrust Gemma and her classmates back into the horrors that followed her from India. (Ages 12+) It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?



34 .) A Spy in the House written by Y.S. Lee

 A Spy in the House

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • The Ya Shelf

Introducing an exciting new series! Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, this diverting mystery trails a feisty heroine as she takes on a precarious secret assignment. Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there? Packed with action and suspense, banter and romance, and evoking the gritty backstreets of Victorian London, this breezy mystery debuts a daring young detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past.



33 .) Clockwork Angel written by Cassandra Clare

 Clockwork Angel

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • The Ya Shelf

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series. The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…



32 .) Daily Life In Victorian England written by Sally Mitchell

 Daily Life In Victorian England

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

Drawing on a wealth of sources, this volume brings England’s Victorian era to life. Teachers, students, and interested readers can use this resource to examine Victorian life in a multitude of settings, from idyllic country estates to urban slums. Organized for easy reference, the volume provides information about the physical, social, economic, and legal details of daily life in Victorian England. Over sixty illustrations plus excerpts from primary sources enliven the work, which can be used in both the classroom and library to answer questions concerning laws, money, social class, values, morality, and private life. Chapters in the work cover: traditional ways of life in town and country, social class, money, work, crime and punishment, the laws of daily life (marriage, divorce, inheritance, guardians, and bankruptcy), the development of a modern urban world (with railways, electricity, plumbing, and telephones), houses, food, clothing, shopping, the rituals of courtship and funerals, family and social life, education, health and medical care, leisure and pleasure, the importance of religion, and the impact of the Raj and the Empire. Historical contexts are explained and emphasis is placed on groups often invisible in traditional history: children, women both at work and at home, and people who led respectable, ordinary lives. A chronology, glossary, bibliography, and index complete the work. This valuable resource provides students, teachers, and librarians with all the information they need to recreate life in Victorian England.



31 .) Dodger written by Terry Pratchett

 Dodger

Lists It Appears On:

  • Scottish Book Trust
  • The School Run

A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he’s…Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London’s sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He’s not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl–not even if her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England. From Dodger’s encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking account of adventure and mystery. Beloved and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett combines high comedy with deep wisdom in this tale of an unexpected coming-of-age and one remarkable boy’s rise in a complex and fascinating world.



30 .) Fingersmith written by Sarah Waters

 Fingersmith

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • The Guardian

Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a “baby farmer,” who raised her with unusual tenderness, as if Sue were her own. Mrs. Sucksby’s household, with its fussy babies calmed with doses of gin, also hosts a transient family of petty thieves—fingersmiths—for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home. One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives—Gentleman, an elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naïve gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, then they will all share in Maud’s vast inheritance. Once the inheritance is secured, Maud will be disposed of—passed off as mad, and made to live out the rest of her days in a lunatic asylum. With dreams of paying back the kindness of her adopted family, Sue agrees to the plan. Once in, however, Sue begins to pity her helpless mark and care for Maud Lilly in unexpected ways…But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals.



29 .) How to Be a Victorian written by Ruth Goodman

 How to Be a Victorian

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

Step into the skin of your ancestors . . . We know what life was like for Victoria and Albert, but what was it like for a commoner? How did it feel to cook with coal and wash with tea leaves? Drink beer for breakfast and clean your teeth with cuttlefish? Dress in whalebone and feed opium to the baby? Catch the omnibus to work and wash laundry while wearing a corset? How To Be A Victorian is a new approach to history, a journey back in time more intimate, personal, and physical than anything before. It is one told from the inside out–how our forebears interacted with the practicalities of their world–and it’s a history of those things that make up the day-to-day reality of life, matters so small and seemingly mundane that people scarcely mention them in their diaries or letters. Moving through the rhythm of the day, from waking up to the sound of a knocker-upper man poking a stick at your window, to retiring for nocturnal activities, when the door finally closes on twenty-four hours of life, this astonishing guide illuminates the overlapping worlds of health, sex, fashion, food, school, work, and play. If you liked The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century or 1000 Years of Annoying the French, you will love this book.



28 .) Inside the Victorian Home: A Portrait of Domestic Life in Victorian England written by Judith Flanders

 Inside the Victorian Home: A Portrait of Domestic Life in Victorian England

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

Nineteenth-century Britain was then the world’s most prosperous nation, yet Victorians would bury meat in earth and wring sheets out in boiling water with their bare hands. Such drudgery was routine for the parents of people still living, but the knowledge of it has passed as if it had never been. Following the daily life of a middle-class Victorian house from room to room; from childbirth in the master bedroom through the kitchen, scullery, dining room, and parlor, all the way to the sickroom; Judith Flanders draws on diaries, advice books, and other sources to resurrect an age so close in time yet so alien to our own.



27 .) Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World written by Mike Davis

 Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

Examining a series of El Niño-induced droughts and the famines that they spawned around the globe in the last third of the 19th century, Mike Davis discloses the intimate, baleful relationship between imperial arrogance and natural incident that combined to produce some of the worst tragedies in human history. Late Victorian Holocausts focuses on three zones of drought and subsequent famine: India, Northern China; and Northeastern Brazil. All were affected by the same global climatic factors that caused massive crop failures, and all experienced brutal famines that decimated local populations. But the effects of drought were magnified in each case because of singularly destructive policies promulgated by different ruling elites. Davis argues that the seeds of underdevelopment in what later became known as the Third World were sown in this era of High Imperialism, as the price for capitalist modernization was paid in the currency of millions of peasants’ lives.



26 .) North and South written by Elizabeth Gaskell

 North and South

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books Tell You Why
  • Goodreads 2

When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill-owner and self-made man, John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction. In North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell skillfully fuses individual feeling with social concern, and in Margaret Hale creates one of the most original heroines of Victorian literature.



25 .) Stalking Jack the Ripper written by Kerri Maniscalo

 Stalking Jack the Ripper

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • The Ya Shelf

Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion… Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world. The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.



24 .) The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World written by Steven Johnson

 The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

From Steven Johnson, the dynamic thinker routinely compared to James Gleick, Dava Sobel, and Malcolm Gladwell, The Ghost Map is a riveting page-turner about a real-life historical hero, Dr. John Snow. It’s the summer of 1854, and London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world. But lacking the infrastructure — garbage removal, clean water, sewers — necessary to support its rapidly expanding population, the city has become the perfect breeding ground for a terrifying disease no one knows how to cure. As the cholera outbreak takes hold, a physician and a local curate are spurred to action-and ultimately solve the most pressing medical riddle of their time. In a triumph of multidisciplinary thinking, Johnson illuminates the intertwined histories and interconnectedness of the spread of disease, contagion theory, the rise of cities, and the nature of scientific inquiry, offering both a riveting history and a powerful explanation of how it has shaped the world we live in.



23 .) The Girl in the Steel Corset written by Kady Cross

 The Girl in the Steel Corset

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • The Ya Shelf

In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one… except the “thing” inside her. When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch… Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special, says she’s one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret. Griffin’s investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help and finally be a part of something, finally fit in. But The Machinist wants to tear Griff’s little company of strays apart, and it isn’t long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she’s on even if it seems no one believes her.



22 .) The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory 1874-1932 written by William Manchester

 The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

When Winston Spencer Churchill was born in Blenheim Palace, Imperial Britain stood at the splendid pinnacle of her power. Yet within a few years, the Empire would hover on the brink of a catastrophic new era. This first volume of the best-selling biography of the adventurer, aristocrat, soldier, and statesman covers the first 58 years of the remarkable man whose courageous vision guided the destiny of those darkly troubled times and who looms today as one of the greatest figures of the 20th century. Black and white photos & illustrations.



21 .) The Moonstone written by Wilkie Collins

 The Moonstone

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Softonic 2

Wilkie Collins’s spellbinding tale of romance, theft, and murder inspired a hugely popular genre–the detective mystery. Hinging on the theft of an enormous diamond originally stolen from an Indian shrine, this riveting novel features the innovative Sergeant Cuff, the hilarious house steward Gabriel Betteridge, a lovesick housemaid, and a mysterious band of Indian jugglers.



20 .) The Picture of Dorian Gray written by Oscar Wilde

 The Picture of Dorian Gray

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Softonic 2

Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment.



19 .) The Tenant of Wildfell Hall written by Anne Brontë

 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Softonic 2

This is the story of a woman’s struggle for independence. Helen “Graham” has returned to Wildfell Hall in flight from a disastrous marriage. Exiled to the desolate moorland mansion, she adopts an assumed name and earns her living as a painter.



18 .) The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens’ London written by Judith Flanders

 The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

From the critically acclaimed author of The Invention of Murder, an extraordinary, revelatory portrait of everyday life on the streets of Dickens’ London. The nineteenth century was a time of unprecedented change, and nowhere was this more apparent than London. In only a few decades, the capital grew from a compact Regency town into a sprawling metropolis of 6.5 million inhabitants, the largest city the world had ever seen. Technology—railways, street-lighting, and sewers—transformed both the city and the experience of city-living, as London expanded in every direction. Now Judith Flanders, one of Britain’s foremost social historians, explores the world portrayed so vividly in Dickens’ novels, showing life on the streets of London in colorful, fascinating detail. From the moment Charles Dickens, the century’s best-loved English novelist and London’s greatest observer, arrived in the city in 1822, he obsessively walked its streets, recording its pleasures, curiosities and cruelties. Now, with him, Judith Flanders leads us through the markets, transport systems, sewers, rivers, slums, alleys, cemeteries, gin palaces, chop-houses and entertainment emporia of Dickens’ London, to reveal the Victorian capital in all its variety, vibrancy, and squalor. From the colorful cries of street-sellers to the uncomfortable reality of travel by omnibus, to the many uses for the body parts of dead horses and the unimaginably grueling working days of hawker children, no detail is too small, or too strange. No one who reads Judith Flanders’s meticulously researched, captivatingly written The Victorian City will ever view London in the same light again.



17 .) The Woman in White written by Wilkie Collins

 The Woman in White

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Softonic 2

In one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop… There, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth, stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white’ The Woman in White famously opens with Walter Hartright’s eerie encounter on a moonlit London road. Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, Walter becomes embroiled in the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his ‘charming’ friend Count Fosco, who has a taste for white mice, vanilla bonbons, and poison. Pursuing questions of identity and insanity along the paths and corridors of English country houses and the madhouse, The Woman in White is the first and most influential of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic horror with psychological realism. Matthew Sweet’s introduction explores the phenomenon of Victorian ‘sensation’ fiction, and discusses Wilkie Collins’s biographical and societal influences. Included in this edition are appendices on theatrical adaptations of the novel and its serialisation history.



16 .) Victoria and Albert: A Family Life at Osborne House written by Sarah Ferguson

 Victoria and Albert: A Family Life at Osborne House

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic



15 .) What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist—the Facts of Daily Life in 19th-Century England written by Daniel Pool

 What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist—the Facts of Daily Life in 19th-Century England

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic

Dozens of short essays provides a panoramic view of British life during the nineteenth century, including information on social niceties, definitions of British phrases, and details about sex, government, law, money, and social institutions.



14 .) Wuthering Heights written by Emily Brontë

 Wuthering Heights

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books Tell You Why
  • Goodreads 2

You can find the redesigned cover of this edition HERE. This best-selling Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1847 first edition of the novel. For the Fourth Edition, the editor has collated the 1847 text with several modern editions and has corrected a number of variants, including accidentals. The text is accompanied by entirely new explanatory annotations. New to the fourth Edition are twelve of Emily Bronte’s letters regarding the publication of the 1847 edition of Wuthering Heights as well as the evolution of the 1850 edition, prose and poetry selections by the author, four reviews of the novel, and poetry selections by the author, four reviews of the novel, and Edward Chitham’s insightful and informative chronology of the creative process behind the beloved work. Five major critical interpretations of Wuthering Heights are included, three of them new to the Fourth Edition. A Stuart Daley considers the importance of chronology in the novel. J. Hillis Miller examines Wuthering Heights’s problems of genre and critical reputation. Sandra M. Gilbert assesses the role of Victorian Christianity plays in the novel, while Martha Nussbaum traces the novel’s romanticism. Finally, Lin Haire-Sargeant scrutinizes the role of Heathcliff in film adaptations of Wuthering Heights.



13 .) You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Victorian Servant!: A Thankless Job You’d Rather Not Have written by Fiona MacDonald

 You Wouldn't Want to Be a Victorian Servant!: A Thankless Job You'd Rather Not Have

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Scottish Book Trust

You (the reader) are a bright, 12-year-old girl. In 1885 there aren’t many employment choices. You could choose to be a farmhand, shop assistant or factory worker. Your family thinks you should be a servant, but the pay is bad, the hours are long and there’s not much personal freedom.



12 .) Bleak House written by Charles Dickens

 Bleak House

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books Tell You Why
  • Goodreads 2
  • Softonic 2



11 .) Cogheart written by Peter Bunzl

 Cogheart

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books For Topics
  • Scottish Book Trust
  • The School Run

Some secrets change the world in a heartbeat. . . . Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her? With her friends—Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox—Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart. . . . Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure.



10 .) Gaslight written by Eloise Williams

 Gaslight

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books For Topics
  • Scottish Book Trust
  • The School Run

1899. All Nansi knows is that her mother disappeared on the day she was fished out of Cardiff docks. She can’t remember anything else. Now, with no other family to turn to, she works for Sid at the Empire Theatre, sometimes legally, sometimes thieving to order, trying to earn enough money to hire a detective to find her mother. Everything changes when Constance and Violet join the theatre, both with their own dark secrets. Nansi is forced to be part of Violet’s crooked psychic act. But it’s when Constance recognises her, and realises who her mother must be, that Nansi’s world is turned upside down forever. She is soon on the run for her life and she will have to risk everything if she’s going to find the truth.



9 .) Great Expectations written by Charles Dickens

 Great Expectations

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books Tell You Why
  • Goodreads 2
  • Softonic 2

In what may be Dickens’s best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of “great expectations.” In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride.



8 .) Hetty Feather written by Jacqueline Wilson

 Hetty Feather

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books For Topics
  • Scottish Book Trust
  • The School Run

London, 1876 and Hetty Feather is just a tiny baby when her mother leaves her at the Foundling Hospital. The Hospital cares for abandoned children – but Hetty must first live with a foster family until she is big enough to go to school. Life in the countryside is hard but with her ‘brothers’ Jem and Gideon, she helps in the fields and plays imaginary games. Together they sneak off to visit the travelling circus and Hetty is mesmerised by the show, especially Madame Adeline and her performing horses. But Hetty’s happiness is threatened once more when she is returned to the Foundling Hospital. The new life of awful uniforms and terrible food is a struggle for her. But now she has the chance to find her real mother. Could she really be the wonderful Madame Adeline? Or will Hetty find the truth is even more surprising? Jacqueline Wilson will surprise and delight old fans and new with this utterly original take on a historical novel. Set in Victorian times and featuring a brand new feisty heroine, Hetty Feather, this is a Tracy Beaker-esque tale that will thrill young readers. Warm, moving, funny and totally fascinating, it’s the perfect gift for girls of eight and older.



7 .) Jane Eyre written by Charlotte Brontë

 Jane Eyre

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books Tell You Why
  • Goodreads 2
  • Softonic 2

Fiery love, shocking twists of fate, and tragic mysteries put a lonely governess in jeopardy in JANE EYRE Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard. But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?



6 .) Oliver Twist written by Charles Dickens

 Oliver Twist

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books For Topics
  • Goodreads 2
  • Softonic 2

A gripping portrayal of London’s dark criminal underbelly, published in Penguin Classics with an introduction by Philip Horne. The story of Oliver Twist – orphaned, and set upon by evil and adversity from his first breath – shocked readers when it was published. After running away from the workhouse and pompous beadle Mr Bumble, Oliver finds himself lured into a den of thieves peopled by vivid and memorable characters – the Artful Dodger, vicious burglar Bill Sikes, his dog Bull’s Eye, and prostitute Nancy, all watched over by cunning master-thief Fagin. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery. This Penguin Classics edition of Oliver Twist is the first critical edition to faithfully reproduce the text as its earliest readers would have encountered it from its serialisation in Bentley’s Miscellany, and includes an introduction by Philip Horne, a glossary of Victorian thieves’ slang, a chronology of Dickens’s life, a map of contemporary London and all of George Cruikshank’s original illustrations. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.



5 .) Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret written by Lyn Gardner

 Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books For Topics
  • Scottish Book Trust
  • The School Run

As a baby, Rose was left by her mother at the door of Campion’s Palace of Variety and Wonders. It’s her home, and she loves it, but she never stops wondering who she really is. When murder threatens to destroy the music hall, Rose will need all her performance skills to crack the crime and delve into a murky past of blackmail, subterfuge and abduction…



4 .) Street Child written by Berlie Doherty

 Street Child

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books For Topics
  • Scottish Book Trust
  • The School Run

A fictional account of the experiences of Jim Jarvis, a young orphan who escapes the workhouse in 1860’s London and survives brutal treatment and desperate circumstances until he is taken in by Dr. Barnardo, founder of a school for the city’s “ragged” children.



3 .) The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher written by Kate Summerscale

 The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Softonic
  • The Line Up

Whicher quickly believed the unbelievable-that someone within the family was responsible for the murder of young Saville Kent. Without sufficient evidence or a confession, though, his case was circumstantial and he returned to London a broken man. Though he would be vindicated five years later, the real legacy of Jonathan Whicher lives on in fiction: the tough, quirky, knowing, and all-seeing detective that we know and love today…from the cryptic Sgt. Cuff in Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone to Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade.



2 .) Middlemarch written by George Eliot

 Middlemarch

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books Tell You Why
  • Bookstr
  • Goodreads 2
  • Softonic 2

Taking place in the years leading up to the First Reform Bill of 1832, Middlemarch explores nearly every subject of concern to modern life: art, religion, science, politics, self, society, human relationships. Among her characters are some of the most remarkable portraits in English literature: Dorothea Brooke, the heroine, idealistic but naive; Rosamond Vincy, beautiful and egoistic: Edward Casaubon, the dry-as-dust scholar: Tertius Lydgate, the brilliant but morally-flawed physician: the passionate artist Will Ladislaw: and Fred Vincey and Mary Garth, childhood sweethearts whose charming courtship is one of the many humorous elements in the novel’s rich comic vein.



1 .) Tess of the D’Urbervilles written by Thomas Hardy

 Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Lists It Appears On:

  • Books Tell You Why
  • Bookstr
  • Goodreads 2
  • Softonic 2

When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D’Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her ‘cousin’ Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future.




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42A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870Laurel Thatcher UlrichGoodreads
43A London Child of the 1870s (Isis Reminiscence Series)Molly HughesGoodreads
44A London Girl of the 1880sMolly HughesGoodreads
45A London Home in the 1890sMolly HughesGoodreads
46A Pair of Blue Eyes Softonic 2
47A Shadow Bright and BurningJessica CluessThe Ya Shelf
48A Study in ScarletArthur Conan DoyleGoodreads 2
49A Tale of Two CitiesCharles DickensGoodreads 2
50A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium: Including: Jack the Ripper, The Beast of Chicago, Fatal BulletRick GearyGoodreads
51A Victorian ChristmasCatherine PalmerGoodreads
52A Victorian Housebuilder’s Guide Thought Co.
53A Victorian HouseholdShirley NicholsonGoodreads
54American Country Building Designs Thought Co.
55American Victorian Cottage Homes Thought Co.
56An African Victorian Feminist: The Life and Times of Adelaide Smith Casely Hayford 1848-1960Adelaide M. CromwellGoodreads
57And Only to DeceiveTasha AlexanderGoodreads 2
58AustenlandShannon HaleBustle
59Becoming DickensRobert Douglas-FairhurstFive Books
60Becoming QueenKate WilliamsGoodreads
61Bertie: A Life of Edward VIIJane RidleyGoodreads
62Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure That Took the Victorian World by StormMonte ReelGoodreads
63Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian EnglandSharon MarcusGoodreads
64Bicknell’s Victorian Buildings Thought Co.
65Blood Rose RebellionRosalyn EvesThe Ya Shelf
66BoneseekerBrynn ChapmanThe Ya Shelf
67Broadmoor Revealed: Victorian Crime and the Lunatic AsylumMark StevensGoodreads
68
Charles Dickens: England’s Most Captivating Storyteller (Biography)
 Books For Topics
69Clockwork PrinceCassandra ClareGoodreads 2
70Clockwork PrincessCassandra ClareGoodreads 2
71Cold MountainCharles FrazierThe Guardian
72Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and a Mother in the Gilded AgeAmanda Mackenzie StuartGoodreads
73Contemplating Adultery: The Secret Life of a Victorian WomanLotte HamburgerGoodreads
74CranfordElizabeth GaskellGoodreads 2
75Crime and Criminals of Victorian EnglandAdrian GrayGoodreads
76Crocodile on the SandbankElizabeth PetersGoodreads 2
77Daily Life in Victorian London: An Extraordinary AnthologyLee JacksonGoodreads
78Daisy Saves The DayShirley HughesThe School Run
79Dark MirrorMary Jo PutneyThe Ya Shelf
80David CopperfieldCharles DickensGoodreads 2
81Death at the Priory: Love, Sex, and Murder in Victorian EnglandJames RuddickGoodreads
82Devil in WinterLisa KleypasGoodreads 2
83Dickens’ Christmas: A Victorian CelebrationSimon CallowGoodreads
84Did She Kill Him? The Line Up
85Disenchanted NightWolfgang SchivelbuschFive Books
86Disorderly Conduct: Visions of Gender in Victorian AmericaCarroll Smith-RosenbergGoodreads
87Disraeli or The Two LivesDouglas HurdGoodreads
88DisseverTracy WardThe Ya Shelf
89DraculaBram StokerGoodreads 2
90Dreamer’s PoolJuliet MarillierThe Ya Shelf
91Edward VII, Prince and KingGiles St. AubynGoodreads
92Edward VII: The Last Victorian KingChristopher HibbertGoodreads
93Edward VII’s ChildrenJohn Van der KisteGoodreads
94Eminent VictoriansLytton StracheyGoodreads
95Fair’s Fair Books For Topics
96Fanny and Stella: The Young Men Who Shocked Victorian EnglandNeil McKennaGoodreads
97Far From the Madding CrowdThomas HardyGoodreads 2
98Florence and GilesJohn HardingThe Guardian
99FrankensteinMary Wollstonecraft ShelleyGoodreads 2
100George V’s ChildrenJohn Van der KisteGoodreads
101George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War IM.J. CarterGoodreads
102Haunting VioletAlyxandra HarveyThe Ya Shelf
103Heart of Darkness 
Books Tell You Why
104In the Shadow of BlackbirdsCat WintersThe Ya Shelf
105Innocent DarknessSuzanne LazearThe Ya Shelf
106Jane SteeleLyndsay FayeBustle
107Jude the Obscure Softonic 2
108Lady Audley’s SecretMary Elizabeth BraddonGoodreads 2
109Late Victorian House Designs Thought Co.
110Late Victorian Houses and Cottages Thought Co.
111Life Below Stairs: in the Victorian and Edwardian Country HouseSiân EvansGoodreads
112Little WomenLouisa May AlcottGoodreads 2
113London 1849 The Line Up
114London in the Nineteenth Century: A Human Awful Wonder of GodJerry WhiteGoodreads
115London’s Shadows: The Dark Side of the Victorian CityDrew D. GrayGoodreads
116Lost Victorian Britain: How the Twentieth Century Destroyed the Nineteenth Century’s Architectural MasterpiecesGavin StampGoodreads
117Louisa, Lady in Waiting: The Personal Diaries and Albums of Louisa, Lady in Waiting to Queen Victoria and Queen AlexandraLouisa Jane McDonnell AntrimGoodreads
118Love in the Time of Victoria: Sexuality and Desire Among Working-Class Men and Women in 19th Century LondonFrancoise Barret-DucrocqGoodreads
119Magpie HallRachael KingBustle
120Manners and Morals of Victorian AmericaWayne ErbsenGoodreads
121Marrying WinterborneLisa KleypasGoodreads 2
122Mary ReillyValerie MartinThe Guardian
123Mill Girl: A Victorian Girl’s Diary, 1842-43 
Scottish Book Trust
124Mine Till MidnightLisa KleypasGoodreads 2
125Ministry of PandemoniumChris WestwoodThe Ya Shelf
126Mr. Briggs’ Hat The Line Up
127Mr. Kipling’s Army: All the Queen’s MenByron FarwellGoodreads
128Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household ManagementIsabella BeetonGoodreads
129Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian LadyKate SummerscaleGoodreads
130My Brilliant FriendElena FerranteBustle
131Nameless Indignities: Unraveling the Mystery of One of Illinois’s Most Infamous CrimesSusan ElmoreGoodreads
132Nooks and CranniesJessica Lawson
From The Mixed Up Files
133Of Monsters and MadnessJessica VerdayThe Ya Shelf
134
Old House Measured and Scaled Drawings for Builders and Carpenters
 Thought Co.
135Oliver Twist and Other Great Dickens StoriesMarcia WilliamsThe School Run
136Oscar Wilde: A BiographyRichard EllmannGoodreads
137PersuasionJane AustenBookstr
138Pride and PrejudiceJane AustenGoodreads 2
139Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesSeth Grahame-SmithBustle
140Punch Books For Topics
141Queen Victoria Softonic
142Queen Victoria and the Discovery of the RivieraMichael NelsonGoodreads
143Queen Victoria: A Personal HistoryChristopher HibbertGoodreads
144Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine 
Scottish Book Trust
145Queen Victoria’s Christmas 
Scottish Book Trust
146Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre editedTracy ChevalierBustle
147Rebel AngelsLibba BrayGoodreads 2
148Robert PeelDouglas HurdGoodreads
149Salisbury: Victorian TitanAndrew RobertsGoodreads
150Seduce Me at SunriseLisa KleypasGoodreads 2
151Sentimental EducationGustave FlaubertBookstr
152Servants: A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth-Century to Modern TimesLucy LethbridgeGoodreads
153Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal HouseholdKate HubbardGoodreads
154Sexuality and Its Impact on History: The British Stripped BareHunter S. JonesGoodreads
155Silent in the GraveDeanna RaybournGoodreads 2
156Sloan’s Victorian Buildings Thought Co.
157Some Danger Involved (Barker & Llewelyn) Softonic 2
158Something Strange and DeadlySusan DennardThe Ya Shelf
159Sorcery & Cecelia: Or, The Enchanted Chocolate PotPatricia C. Wrede and Caroline StevermerBustle
160SoullessGail CarrigerGoodreads 2
161Splendors and GloomsLaura Amy Schlitz
From The Mixed Up Files
162Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 
Books Tell You Why
163Streets Paved with Gold: The Story of London City MissionIrene HowatGoodreads
164Tempt Me at TwilightLisa KleypasGoodreads 2
165TethersJack CroxallThe Ya Shelf
166The Accidental Time Traveller 
Scottish Book Trust
167The Adventures of the New Cut GangPhilip PullmanThe School Run
168The Arsenic Century: How Victorian Britain Was Poisoned at Home, Work, and PlayJames C. WhortonGoodreads
169The AsylumJohn HarwoodThe Guardian
170The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell 1: 1872-1914Bertrand RussellGoodreads
171The Bank Holiday Murders: The True Story of the First Whitechapel MurdersTom WescottGoodreads
172The Beautiful and the CursedPage MorganThe Ya Shelf
173The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian SlumSarah WiseGoodreads
174The Cater Street HangmanAnne PerryGoodreads 2
175The Clumsiest People in EuropeFavell Lee MortimerGoodreads
176The Convictions of John DelahuntAndrew HughesThe Guardian
177The Criminal Conversation of Mrs. NortonDiane AtkinsonGoodreads
178The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860-1900Lynn Federle OrrGoodreads
179The Dark ClueJames WilsonThe Guardian
180The Evolution of Calpurnia TateJacqueline Kelly
From The Mixed Up Files
181The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial RussiaCandace Fleming
From The Mixed Up Files
182The Friday SocietyAdrienne KressThe Ya Shelf
183The Ghost of Crutchfield HallMary Downing HahnThe Ya Shelf
184The Glass SentenceS.E. Grove
From The Mixed Up Files
185The Glitter and the GoldConsuelo Vanderbilt BalsanGoodreads
186The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849Cecil Woodham-SmithGoodreads
187The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian MetropolisStephen HallidayGoodreads
188The Hound of the Baskervilles Books For Topics
189The Importance of Being EarnestOscar WildeGoodreads 2
190The Impossible Life of Mary BensonRodney BoltGoodreads
191The Incorrigible Children of Ashton PlaceMary Rose Wood
From The Mixed Up Files
192The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone vs. DisraeliRichard AldousGoodreads
193The London Underworld in the Victorian Period: Authentic First-Person Accounts by Beggars, Thieves and ProstitutesHenry MayhewGoodreads
194The LuxeAnna GodbersenThe Ya Shelf
195The Madwoman UpstairsCatherine LowellBustle
196The Making of Victorian Values: Decency and Dissent in Britain, 1789-1837Ben WilsonGoodreads
197The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday SpiritsLes StandifordGoodreads
198The Meaning of NightMichael CoxThe Guardian
199The Mirk and the Midnight HourJane NickersonThe Ya Shelf
200The MonstrumologistRick YanceyThe Ya Shelf
201The Murder of Helen Jewett The Line Up
202The Music of the SpheresElizabeth RedfernThe Guardian
203The Napoleon of Crime The Line Up
204The Night CircusErin MorgensternGoodreads 2
205The Night GardenerJonathan Auxier
From The Mixed Up Files
206The Night of ElisaIsis SousaThe Ya Shelf
207The ObservationsJane HarrisThe Guardian
208The Poor Man’s Picture Gallery: Stereoscopy Versus Paintings in the Victorian EraDenis PellerinGoodreads
209The Portrait of a LadyHenry JamesBookstr
210The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English DictionarySimon WinchesterGoodreads
211The Reading Nation in the Romantic PeriodWilliam St ClairFive Books
212The Return of the Native Softonic 2
213The Rise of Respectable Society: A Social History of Victorian Britain, 1830-1900Francis Michael Longstreth ThompsonGoodreads
214The Ruby In the SmokePhillip PullmanThe Ya Shelf
215
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
 
From The Mixed Up Files
216The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded AgeMyra MacPhersonBustle
217The Secret Diary of Jane Pinny, a Victorian House MaidPhilip ArdaghThe School Run
218The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde: An Intimate BiographyNeil McKennaGoodreads
219The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeRobert Louis StevensonGoodreads 2
220The Sweet Far ThingLibba BrayGoodreads 2
221The Victorian Celebration of DeathJames Stevens CurlGoodreads
222The Victorian InternetTom StandageGoodreads
223The Victorian Tailor: Techniques and Patterns for Making Historically Accurate Period Clothes for GentlemenJason MaclochlainnGoodreads
224The Victorian UnderworldDonald Serrell ThomasGoodreads
225The VictoriansA.N. WilsonGoodreads
226The Vile VictoriansTerry DearyGoodreads
227The Well-Beloved Softonic 2
228The Woodlanders Softonic 2
229The Worm in the Bud: The World of Victorian SexualityRonald PearsallGoodreads
230Thérèse RaquinÉmile ZolaBookstr
231Tipping the VelvetSarah WatersGoodreads 2
232To Marry an English Lord: Or How Anglomania Really Got StartedGail MacCollGoodreads
233Treasure Island Softonic 2
234
Turn-of-the-Century Houses, Cottages and Villas
 Thought Co.
235Tussie-Mussies: The Victorian Art of Expressing Yourself in the Language of FlowersGeraldine Adamich LauferGoodreads
236Twelve Minutes to MidnightChristopher EdgeThe School Run
237Twilight of Splendor: The Court of Queen Victoria During Her Diamond Jubilee YearGreg KingGoodreads
238Under the Greenwood Tree Softonic 2
239Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and MannersTherese OneillGoodreads
240Vanity Fair Softonic 2
241Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero 
Books Tell You Why
242VelvetMary HooperThe Ya Shelf
243VictoriaElizabeth LongfordGoodreads
244VictoriaDaisy GoodwinGoodreads 2
245Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic SurveyAlison GernsheimGoodreads
246Victorian and Edwardian Fashions from “La Mode Illustrée”JoAnne OlianGoodreads
247Victorian City and Country Houses Thought Co.
248Victorian ComfortJohn GloagFive Books
249Victorian ComicsDenis GiffordGoodreads
250
Victorian Designers and Mrs. Howard’s Farmhouse
 Thought Co.
251Victorian Fashions and Costumes from Harper’s Bazar, 1867-1898Stella BlumGoodreads
252
Victorian House Designs in Authentic Full Color
 Thought Co.
253Victorian London Softonic
254Victorian London Street Life in Historic PhotographsJohn ThomsonGoodreads
255Victorian London: The Tale of a City 1840-1870Liza PicardGoodreads
256Victorian People and IdeasRichard D. AltickGoodreads
257Victorian Studies in ScarletRichard D AltickFive Books
258
Victorian Wooden and Brick Houses with Details
 Thought Co.
259Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of DecorumKathryn HughesGoodreads
260VilletteCharlotte BrontëGoodreads 2
261We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, RivalsGillian GillGoodreads
262Wives and Daughters Softonic 2


16 Best Victorian Era Book Sources/Lists



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Books For Topics Book Lists for Victorians
Books Tell You Why Remaining Relevant: Top Ten Victorian Novels
Bookstr 7 Victorian-Era Romances You Defintely Didn’t Read in School
Bustle If You Love Victorian Literature, Here Are 9 Contemporary Books You
Five Books The best books on Life in the Victorian Age
From The Mixed Up Files Victorian Era Middle-Grade Books – From the Mixed-Up Files
Goodreads Nonfiction Books on the Victorian Era
Goodreads 2 Popular Victorian Era Books – Goodreads
Scottish Book Trust 12 Great Books Set in the Victorian Period
Softonic 12 Best nonfiction books related to Victorian period 2018
Softonic 2 20 Best novels set in Victorian times 2018
The Guardian The top 10 neo-Victorian novels
The Line Up 6 Victorian True Crime Books
The School Run Best children’s books about Victorians
The Ya Shelf The Best Victorian YA Novels
Thought Co. 13 Best Victorian Architecture & Pattern Books for 2019

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