Tristram Hunt is one of Britain's best-known historians. Since 2010 he has been MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, and in October 2013 was made Shadow Secretary of State for Education. He is a senior lecturer in British history at Queen Mary, University of London, and has written numerous series for radio and television. His previous books include Building Jerusalem and The Frock-Coated Communist- The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels, published in more than a dozen languages.
The Victorian era was a period of extremes: great wealth and terrible poverty; a massive expansion of cities, generating many splendid buildings, along with hideous urban pollution and a typical life expectancy of under 20 years. With learning, energy, and sophistication, Tristram Hunt draws together a wonderful history of the buildings of that era. I strongly recommend this book. --Richard Rogers