Three Men and a Bradshaw

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Three Men and a Bradshaw is a collection of the irresistibly witty holiday journals of John George Freeman and his brothers, who were early passengers during the book years of the Victorian railway tourism industry.
     Over-priced tickets, borderline-inedible food, inconsiderate fellow passengers and mile after mile of endless grey drizzle... There is much that remains all too familiar to the modern rail passenger in the 140-odd years that have passed since the early 1870s, when John George Freeman set out on a railway tour of Britain's most fashionable holiday destinations along with his brothers Joseph and Charles.
     The Freeman brothers, all London cloth merchants by trade, were early patrons of the booming Victorian industry in railway tourism. From Devon to North Wales to the Isle of Wight, the rapid expansion of Britain's rail system -- along with the publication of George Bradshaw's ever-trustworthy guides to the new railways -- had rendered the history and landscape of the entire nation readily accessible to intrepid holidaymakers such as the Freeman brothers.
     In Three Men and a Bradshaw, the very best of the journals that John George Freeman kept of their travels are brought together to create a fascinating and uniquely personal artefact. Beautifully illustrated with John's original drawings, this is an enchanting description of a distant but nonetheless recognisable Britain which blends together the singularly English wit of Jerome K. Jerome and the Pooterish pathos of the Grossmith brothers' most famous comic creation.

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JOHN GEORGE FREEMAN was born in 1846 in Marylebone, London. A cloth merchant by trade, he and his brothers, Charles and Joseph, were keen proponents of the burgeoning tourism industry of the late nineteenth century. The three brothers travelled widely across Britain in the 1870s, with John keeping beautifully illustrated diaries of their adventures throughout. John died shortly after the brothers' last holiday in 1883, at the age of 36.

Review :

"If you're stuck for something to read on your next train journey you'd have to go a long way to find a more diverting way to pass the time." Scotsman "Moments of beautifully clear-eyed observation... [and] superb, darkly comic little drawings." -- Andrew Martin Spectator "Personal and quirky, accompanied by brilliant pen drawings of the characters and landscapes encountered, these diaries give us an authentic voice from the past and take us on a journey back in time to a country at once so familiar, yet at the same time so distant ... a fascinating slice of Victorian life." Scotland on Sunday "A gem of a book, which entertainingly describes rail travel in the 1870s, with some remarkable similarities to today's journeys. As the author himself would have put it, "a capital volume"." -- Christian Wolmar "A treasure trove of Victorian delights - an undiscovered classic of rail travel." -- Michael Williams, author of On The Slow Train

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Description du livre Cornerstone, United Kingdom, 2015. Hardback. État : New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Wryly humorous and quintessentially British, Three Men and a Bradshaw collects the previously unpublished holiday journals of John Freeman, who travelled Britain with his brothers during the 1870s. Each year the trio would settle upon a destination, buy their tickets and set off - armed, of course, with their trusty Bradshaw s Descriptive Railway Hand-book. John s delightful records of their trips contain much that will resonate with the modern traveller, from the eccentricities of fellow passengers and locals to the tender mercies of the British climate. At the same time they offer insights into the experiences particular to a Victorian tourist, and are full of valuable local history on everywhere from Devon and Jersey to Scotland and Wales. Beautifully illustrated throughout with John s original drawings, this is a fascinating and uniquely personal historical artefact, as well as an enchanting and frequently hilarious evocation of a distant but still wholly recognisable Britain. N° de réf. du libraire AAZ9781847947444

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