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.




The 200+ Additional Best Books From And About The Victorian Era



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1000 Turn-of-the-Century Houses: With Illustrations and Floor Plans
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39 142 Strand: A Radical Address in Victorian London Rosemary Ashton Goodreads
40 A Curious Beginning Deanna Raybourn Goodreads 2
41 A Drowned Maiden’s Hair: a melodrama Laura Amy Schlitz
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42 A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 Laurel Thatcher Ulrich Goodreads
43 A London Child of the 1870s (Isis Reminiscence Series) Molly Hughes Goodreads
44 A London Girl of the 1880s Molly Hughes Goodreads
45 A London Home in the 1890s Molly Hughes Goodreads
46 A Pair of Blue Eyes   Softonic 2
47 A Shadow Bright and Burning Jessica Cluess The Ya Shelf
48 A Study in Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle Goodreads 2
49 A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens Goodreads 2
50 A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium: Including: Jack the Ripper, The Beast of Chicago, Fatal Bullet Rick Geary Goodreads
51 A Victorian Christmas Catherine Palmer Goodreads
52 A Victorian Housebuilder’s Guide   Thought Co.
53 A Victorian Household Shirley Nicholson Goodreads
54 American Country Building Designs   Thought Co.
55 American Victorian Cottage Homes   Thought Co.
56 An African Victorian Feminist: The Life and Times of Adelaide Smith Casely Hayford 1848-1960 Adelaide M. Cromwell Goodreads
57 And Only to Deceive Tasha Alexander Goodreads 2
58 Austenland Shannon Hale Bustle
59 Becoming Dickens Robert Douglas-Fairhurst Five Books
60 Becoming Queen Kate Williams Goodreads
61 Bertie: A Life of Edward VII Jane Ridley Goodreads
62 Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure That Took the Victorian World by Storm Monte Reel Goodreads
63 Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England Sharon Marcus Goodreads
64 Bicknell’s Victorian Buildings   Thought Co.
65 Blood Rose Rebellion Rosalyn Eves The Ya Shelf
66 Boneseeker Brynn Chapman The Ya Shelf
67 Broadmoor Revealed: Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum Mark Stevens Goodreads
68
Charles Dickens: England’s Most Captivating Storyteller (Biography)
  Books For Topics
69 Clockwork Prince Cassandra Clare Goodreads 2
70 Clockwork Princess Cassandra Clare Goodreads 2
71 Cold Mountain Charles Frazier The Guardian
72 Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and a Mother in the Gilded Age Amanda Mackenzie Stuart Goodreads
73 Contemplating Adultery: The Secret Life of a Victorian Woman Lotte Hamburger Goodreads
74 Cranford Elizabeth Gaskell Goodreads 2
75 Crime and Criminals of Victorian England Adrian Gray Goodreads
76 Crocodile on the Sandbank Elizabeth Peters Goodreads 2
77 Daily Life in Victorian London: An Extraordinary Anthology Lee Jackson Goodreads
78 Daisy Saves The Day Shirley Hughes The School Run
79 Dark Mirror Mary Jo Putney The Ya Shelf
80 David Copperfield Charles Dickens Goodreads 2
81 Death at the Priory: Love, Sex, and Murder in Victorian England James Ruddick Goodreads
82 Devil in Winter Lisa Kleypas Goodreads 2
83 Dickens’ Christmas: A Victorian Celebration Simon Callow Goodreads
84 Did She Kill Him?   The Line Up
85 Disenchanted Night Wolfgang Schivelbusch Five Books
86 Disorderly Conduct: Visions of Gender in Victorian America Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Goodreads
87 Disraeli or The Two Lives Douglas Hurd Goodreads
88 Dissever Tracy Ward The Ya Shelf
89 Dracula Bram Stoker Goodreads 2
90 Dreamer’s Pool Juliet Marillier The Ya Shelf
91 Edward VII, Prince and King Giles St. Aubyn Goodreads
92 Edward VII: The Last Victorian King Christopher Hibbert Goodreads
93 Edward VII’s Children John Van der Kiste Goodreads
94 Eminent Victorians Lytton Strachey Goodreads
95 Fair’s Fair   Books For Topics
96 Fanny and Stella: The Young Men Who Shocked Victorian England Neil McKenna Goodreads
97 Far From the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy Goodreads 2
98 Florence and Giles John Harding The Guardian
99 Frankenstein Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Goodreads 2
100 George V’s Children John Van der Kiste Goodreads
101 George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I M.J. Carter Goodreads
102 Haunting Violet Alyxandra Harvey The Ya Shelf
103 Heart of Darkness  
Books Tell You Why
104 In the Shadow of Blackbirds Cat Winters The Ya Shelf
105 Innocent Darkness Suzanne Lazear The Ya Shelf
106 Jane Steele Lyndsay Faye Bustle
107 Jude the Obscure   Softonic 2
108 Lady Audley’s Secret Mary Elizabeth Braddon Goodreads 2
109 Late Victorian House Designs   Thought Co.
110 Late Victorian Houses and Cottages   Thought Co.
111 Life Below Stairs: in the Victorian and Edwardian Country House Siân Evans Goodreads
112 Little Women Louisa May Alcott Goodreads 2
113 London 1849   The Line Up
114 London in the Nineteenth Century: A Human Awful Wonder of God Jerry White Goodreads
115 London’s Shadows: The Dark Side of the Victorian City Drew D. Gray Goodreads
116 Lost Victorian Britain: How the Twentieth Century Destroyed the Nineteenth Century’s Architectural Masterpieces Gavin Stamp Goodreads
117 Louisa, Lady in Waiting: The Personal Diaries and Albums of Louisa, Lady in Waiting to Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra Louisa Jane McDonnell Antrim Goodreads
118 Love in the Time of Victoria: Sexuality and Desire Among Working-Class Men and Women in 19th Century London Francoise Barret-Ducrocq Goodreads
119 Magpie Hall Rachael King Bustle
120 Manners and Morals of Victorian America Wayne Erbsen Goodreads
121 Marrying Winterborne Lisa Kleypas Goodreads 2
122 Mary Reilly Valerie Martin The Guardian
123 Mill Girl: A Victorian Girl’s Diary, 1842-43  
Scottish Book Trust
124 Mine Till Midnight Lisa Kleypas Goodreads 2
125 Ministry of Pandemonium Chris Westwood The Ya Shelf
126 Mr. Briggs’ Hat   The Line Up
127 Mr. Kipling’s Army: All the Queen’s Men Byron Farwell Goodreads
128 Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management Isabella Beeton Goodreads
129 Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady Kate Summerscale Goodreads
130 My Brilliant Friend Elena Ferrante Bustle
131 Nameless Indignities: Unraveling the Mystery of One of Illinois’s Most Infamous Crimes Susan Elmore Goodreads
132 Nooks and Crannies Jessica Lawson
From The Mixed Up Files
133 Of Monsters and Madness Jessica Verday The Ya Shelf
134
Old House Measured and Scaled Drawings for Builders and Carpenters
  Thought Co.
135 Oliver Twist and Other Great Dickens Stories Marcia Williams The School Run
136 Oscar Wilde: A Biography Richard Ellmann Goodreads
137 Persuasion Jane Austen Bookstr
138 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Goodreads 2
139 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Seth Grahame-Smith Bustle
140 Punch   Books For Topics
141 Queen Victoria   Softonic
142 Queen Victoria and the Discovery of the Riviera Michael Nelson Goodreads
143 Queen Victoria: A Personal History Christopher Hibbert Goodreads
144 Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine  
Scottish Book Trust
145 Queen Victoria’s Christmas  
Scottish Book Trust
146 Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre edited Tracy Chevalier Bustle
147 Rebel Angels Libba Bray Goodreads 2
148 Robert Peel Douglas Hurd Goodreads
149 Salisbury: Victorian Titan Andrew Roberts Goodreads
150 Seduce Me at Sunrise Lisa Kleypas Goodreads 2
151 Sentimental Education Gustave Flaubert Bookstr
152 Servants: A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth-Century to Modern Times Lucy Lethbridge Goodreads
153 Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household Kate Hubbard Goodreads
154 Sexuality and Its Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare Hunter S. Jones Goodreads
155 Silent in the Grave Deanna Raybourn Goodreads 2
156 Sloan’s Victorian Buildings   Thought Co.
157 Some Danger Involved (Barker & Llewelyn)   Softonic 2
158 Something Strange and Deadly Susan Dennard The Ya Shelf
159 Sorcery & Cecelia: Or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer Bustle
160 Soulless Gail Carriger Goodreads 2
161 Splendors and Glooms Laura Amy Schlitz
From The Mixed Up Files
162 Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde  
Books Tell You Why
163 Streets Paved with Gold: The Story of London City Mission Irene Howat Goodreads
164 Tempt Me at Twilight Lisa Kleypas Goodreads 2
165 Tethers Jack Croxall The Ya Shelf
166 The Accidental Time Traveller  
Scottish Book Trust
167 The Adventures of the New Cut Gang Philip Pullman The School Run
168 The Arsenic Century: How Victorian Britain Was Poisoned at Home, Work, and Play James C. Whorton Goodreads
169 The Asylum John Harwood The Guardian
170 The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell 1: 1872-1914 Bertrand Russell Goodreads
171 The Bank Holiday Murders: The True Story of the First Whitechapel Murders Tom Wescott Goodreads
172 The Beautiful and the Cursed Page Morgan The Ya Shelf
173 The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum Sarah Wise Goodreads
174 The Cater Street Hangman Anne Perry Goodreads 2
175 The Clumsiest People in Europe Favell Lee Mortimer Goodreads
176 The Convictions of John Delahunt Andrew Hughes The Guardian
177 The Criminal Conversation of Mrs. Norton Diane Atkinson Goodreads
178 The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860-1900 Lynn Federle Orr Goodreads
179 The Dark Clue James Wilson The Guardian
180 The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Jacqueline Kelly
From The Mixed Up Files
181 The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia Candace Fleming
From The Mixed Up Files
182 The Friday Society Adrienne Kress The Ya Shelf
183 The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall Mary Downing Hahn The Ya Shelf
184 The Glass Sentence S.E. Grove
From The Mixed Up Files
185 The Glitter and the Gold Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan Goodreads
186 The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849 Cecil Woodham-Smith Goodreads
187 The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis Stephen Halliday Goodreads
188 The Hound of the Baskervilles   Books For Topics
189 The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde Goodreads 2
190 The Impossible Life of Mary Benson Rodney Bolt Goodreads
191 The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Mary Rose Wood
From The Mixed Up Files
192 The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone vs. Disraeli Richard Aldous Goodreads
193 The London Underworld in the Victorian Period: Authentic First-Person Accounts by Beggars, Thieves and Prostitutes Henry Mayhew Goodreads
194 The Luxe Anna Godbersen The Ya Shelf
195 The Madwoman Upstairs Catherine Lowell Bustle
196 The Making of Victorian Values: Decency and Dissent in Britain, 1789-1837 Ben Wilson Goodreads
197 The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits Les Standiford Goodreads
198 The Meaning of Night Michael Cox The Guardian
199 The Mirk and the Midnight Hour Jane Nickerson The Ya Shelf
200 The Monstrumologist Rick Yancey The Ya Shelf
201 The Murder of Helen Jewett   The Line Up
202 The Music of the Spheres Elizabeth Redfern The Guardian
203 The Napoleon of Crime   The Line Up
204 The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern Goodreads 2
205 The Night Gardener Jonathan Auxier
From The Mixed Up Files
206 The Night of Elisa Isis Sousa The Ya Shelf
207 The Observations Jane Harris The Guardian
208 The Poor Man’s Picture Gallery: Stereoscopy Versus Paintings in the Victorian Era Denis Pellerin Goodreads
209 The Portrait of a Lady Henry James Bookstr
210 The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary Simon Winchester Goodreads
211 The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period William St Clair Five Books
212 The Return of the Native   Softonic 2
213 The Rise of Respectable Society: A Social History of Victorian Britain, 1830-1900 Francis Michael Longstreth Thompson Goodreads
214 The Ruby In the Smoke Phillip Pullman The Ya Shelf
215
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
 
From The Mixed Up Files
216 The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age Myra MacPherson Bustle
217 The Secret Diary of Jane Pinny, a Victorian House Maid Philip Ardagh The School Run
218 The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde: An Intimate Biography Neil McKenna Goodreads
219 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson Goodreads 2
220 The Sweet Far Thing Libba Bray Goodreads 2
221 The Victorian Celebration of Death James Stevens Curl Goodreads
222 The Victorian Internet Tom Standage Goodreads
223 The Victorian Tailor: Techniques and Patterns for Making Historically Accurate Period Clothes for Gentlemen Jason Maclochlainn Goodreads
224 The Victorian Underworld Donald Serrell Thomas Goodreads
225 The Victorians A.N. Wilson Goodreads
226 The Vile Victorians Terry Deary Goodreads
227 The Well-Beloved   Softonic 2
228 The Woodlanders   Softonic 2
229 The Worm in the Bud: The World of Victorian Sexuality Ronald Pearsall Goodreads
230 Thérèse Raquin Émile Zola Bookstr
231 Tipping the Velvet Sarah Waters Goodreads 2
232 To Marry an English Lord: Or How Anglomania Really Got Started Gail MacColl Goodreads
233 Treasure Island   Softonic 2
234
Turn-of-the-Century Houses, Cottages and Villas
  Thought Co.
235 Tussie-Mussies: The Victorian Art of Expressing Yourself in the Language of Flowers Geraldine Adamich Laufer Goodreads
236 Twelve Minutes to Midnight Christopher Edge The School Run
237 Twilight of Splendor: The Court of Queen Victoria During Her Diamond Jubilee Year Greg King Goodreads
238 Under the Greenwood Tree   Softonic 2
239 Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners Therese Oneill Goodreads
240 Vanity Fair   Softonic 2
241 Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero  
Books Tell You Why
242 Velvet Mary Hooper The Ya Shelf
243 Victoria Elizabeth Longford Goodreads
244 Victoria Daisy Goodwin Goodreads 2
245 Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey Alison Gernsheim Goodreads
246 Victorian and Edwardian Fashions from “La Mode Illustrée” JoAnne Olian Goodreads
247 Victorian City and Country Houses   Thought Co.
248 Victorian Comfort John Gloag Five Books
249 Victorian Comics Denis Gifford Goodreads
250
Victorian Designers and Mrs. Howard’s Farmhouse
  Thought Co.
251 Victorian Fashions and Costumes from Harper’s Bazar, 1867-1898 Stella Blum Goodreads
252
Victorian House Designs in Authentic Full Color
  Thought Co.
253 Victorian London   Softonic
254 Victorian London Street Life in Historic Photographs John Thomson Goodreads
255 Victorian London: The Tale of a City 1840-1870 Liza Picard Goodreads
256 Victorian People and Ideas Richard D. Altick Goodreads
257 Victorian Studies in Scarlet Richard D Altick Five Books
258
Victorian Wooden and Brick Houses with Details
  Thought Co.
259 Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum Kathryn Hughes Goodreads
260 Villette Charlotte Brontë Goodreads 2
261 We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals Gillian Gill Goodreads
262 Wives and Daughters   Softonic 2


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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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