Audiobook: Faces and Places
Faces and Places
1 - 01 – Fred Burnaby
- Download 01 – Fred Burnaby audio
- Download 02 – A Night on a Mountain audio
- Download 03 – The Prince of Wales audio
- Download 04 – A Historic Crowd audio
- Download 05 – With Peggotty and Ham audio
- Download 06 – To Those About to Become Journalists audio
- Download 07 – A Cinque Port audio
- Download 08 – Oysters and Arcachon audio
- Download 09 – Christmas Eve at Watts’s audio
- Download 10 – Night and Day on the Cars in Canada audio
- Download 11 – Easter on Les Avants audio
- Download 12 – The Battle of Merthyr audio
- Download 13 – Mosquitoes and Monaco audio
- Download 14 – A Wreck in the North Sea audio
- Download 15 – A Peep at an Old House of Commons from the Ladies’ Gallery audio
- Download 16 – Some Preachers I Have Known: Part 1 audio
- Download 17 – Some Preachers I Have Known: Part 2 audio
Faces and Places is a collection of articles on nineteenth century travel, events and personalities by the British journalist Henry Lucy, who wrote for the Daily News, a London newspaper. His open letter To Those About to Become Journalists rings as true today as when it was written.
The first article, “Fred” Burnaby, includes a lively account of a balloon trip, while Night and Day on the Cars in Canada and Easter on Les Avants relate Lucy’s experiences of rail travel at that time. Other travel tales (A Night on a Mountain, Mosquitoes and Monaco, and Oysters and Arcachon) provide an insight into the Victorian Englishman’s attitude to Europe.
Three of the pieces, With Peggotty and Ham, A Cinque Port and Christmas Eve at Watts’s, concern the county of Kent, where Lucy had a country house. Christmas Eve at Watts’s contains an interesting exposé of Dickens’ short story The Seven Poor Travellers.
Other articles are of historical interest: A Wreck in the North Sea is an account of the wreck of the ship “Deutschland” in 1875; A Historic Crowd describes the massive popular interest in the 1871 trial of the Tichborne Claimant; The Battle of Merthyr contains an eye-witness account of the Merthyr Riots of 1831; The Prince of Wales paints a portrait of the future King Edward VII.
Lucy, who also wrote as “Toby, M.P.” for the satirical magazine Punch, loved to poke gentle fun, particularly at the establishment, and this is especially evident in A Peep at an Old House of Commons.
This eclectic collection, mostly affectionately humorous, but with moments of great pathos, was originally published in 1892 in The Whitefriars Library of Wit & Humour.
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