Top 10 Reasons to Travel to Victorian England

by Isabel Cooper, guest blogger and author of No Proper Lady

When Joan, the heroine of No Proper Lady, finds herself back in Victorian England, she’s pretty happy about it. Sure, she takes issue with some expectations for women—but compared to the post-apocalyptic future she came from, where demon lords rule the Earth, 1888 is a pretty easy time to live. Since my time includes more lattes and laptops and fewer tentacled things trying to eat my face, I think I’d be less enthused about going back permanently.

As a tourist, though? Absolutely. Get me some money, a fake name, and a chance to go back to the twenty-first century next time I get a cavity, and I’d take all my vacation days in Victorian England. Here’s why:

10. An Age of Discovery! Evolution, spiritualism, railways, automobiles—the Victorian era was as inventive and controversial as our own, and people really seemed to get invested in the theories as well as the gadgets. They also used More Capital Letters, which may or may not be a good thing.

9. Travel Was Fun. If you had the money, first class on a railway sounds like it beats any road trip I ever took. Plush seats, private compartments, and great dining when you stop, plus nobody would be talking on their cell phone. Likewise, I’d much rather cross the ocean by boat than by plane if I could go in luxury. Sure, it’s slower, but that brings me to my next point…

8. Life Was Slower.  Which is weird, because I am not a patient woman—ask anyone. But maybe that means it would do me good to go to a time and place where I had to slow down and take it easy. Maybe I’d take more in, relax a little, and be better for it. Sounds nice, anyhow.

7. Food. Again, this is one of those things that depends on having money. But if you did…wow. I’ve seen some menus from the time. Meat. Cream. Pastries that defy the imagination. I would explode, but I would enjoy myself until I did.

6. You’re a Time Traveler.  In itself, that’s pretty cool. You can try and change the past; if you can’t change the past, you can always make strangely knowing predictions and impress young men/women; and you can always hope to run into David Tennant.

5. The Clothes (Women). Oh my God, the clothes—and the reasons to wear them. In my daily life, it’s hard not to just wander around in jeans and a turtleneck, and while that’s good in its way, I’d love to have some motivation to make myself all pretty and have tea, or go dancing, or similar.

4. Dancing. Yes, people dance today. I do it myself, and it’s fun—and the ratio of men to women in most dancing groups my age is not great. Back in the 1800s, men who danced were not rare and majestic creatures like the noble…I’ve run out of metaphor here, but you get my point.

3. Active Recreation. Or at least different recreation. I like video games as well as the next geek girl, but it would be nice to sing for fun, or dance, or ride horses or row boats—and to have those things be regular amusements rather than once-in-a-while novelties.

2. Meeting Future Famous People. Darwin. Dickens.  Tennyson. Eliot. You could have harsh words with Freud, if you wanted, and maybe set him straight about a few things. Why not?

1. The Clothes (Men). Insofar as I have recently been a single young woman, and insofar as the baseball cap dude-bro look does not flatter one single person ever, and neither does the cartoon-t-shirt neckbeard look…I would so not mind an era when the average guy wore a nice suit regularly. Nope. Would not mind that at all.


It’s Terminator meets My Fair Lady in this fascinating debut of black magic and brilliant ball gowns, martial arts, and mysticism.

England, 1888. The trees are green, the birds are singing, and in 200 years demons will destroy it all. Unless Joan, a rough-around-the-edges assassin from the future, can take out the dark magician responsible. But to get close to her target she’ll need help learning how to fit into polite Victorian society to get close to her target.

Simon Grenville has his own reasons for wanting to destroy Alex Reynell. The man used to be his best friend—until his practice of the dark arts almost killed Simon’s sister. The beautiful half-naked stranger Simon meets in the woods may be the perfect instrument for his revenge. It will just take a little time to teach her the necessary etiquette and assemble a proper wardrobe. But as each day passes, Simon is less sure he wants Joan anywhere near Reynell. Because no spell in the world will save his future if she isn’t in it.

Buy: No Proper Lady


Debut author Isabel Cooper lives in Boston and maintains her guise as a mild-mannered project manager working in legal publishing. She only travels through time the normal way and has never fought a demon, but she can waltz. Her next book, No Honest Woman, will be in stores in April 2011. For more information, please visit

GIVEAWAY: I have 2 copies of No Proper Lady for 2 lucky readers. Open to US and Canadian readers/addresses only. Enter by leaving a comment about why you would want to visit Victorian England! Last Day to Enter: October 15, 2011.

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17 thoughts on “Top 10 Reasons to Travel to Victorian England”

    1. I’d go to Victorian England for the courting – the balls (which I hear are super hot and stuffy to beat a bear) just because I like how they work. Meet a guy? Want to know about him? 20 ppl got the gossip! No fact checking or Facebook stalking or waiting for him to call. They came to your door during calling hours bearing flowers! Followed by a stroll or a ride in the park and sometimes a picnic or two! Sigh…

  1. I would love to go to Victorian England to soak up the atmosphere – it was such a dynamic period in history – so much of the old order being tossed out and new inventions everywhere.

  2. If you can experience something it always makes the stories really come alive. I would love to go back to Victorian England and be able to experience the history first hand. I’m sure it was a less stressful time also.

  3. The first time I saw the cover for No Proper Lady I couldn’t reconcile the Victorian Era clothing and the futuristic tattoo (it was a picture with no blurb or link). Then I found a blurb and now I have read this post and I have to say COOL! Personally, I don’t want to go live in the past but it makes for neat stories. However, if I could visit and have money (that’s a major necessity) I would love to go to the balls, try all of the ridiculous food and be there to see the big advancements like steamships. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. All very good points as to why I would like to visit Victorian England. Though I would have the add the following:

    The way of life. How they lived and how they acted, courted and got married. The standards that they had of what should and shouldn’t be done is something I find very appealing that adds a certain class to an individual.

    And of course there are the dresses, beautiful and gorgeous dresses … like you said

    and all those noblemen and gentlemen..hmmm…. *giggles*

    anyway such a fun post; looking forward for more ^^

  5. I love to travel and Victorian England would be very interesting because of the architecture, the culture, the food, and of course, the clothing.
    The book sounds really good.

  6. I would love to visit Victorian England just to delve into their world. To wear their clothes, feel ultra feminine and taste the fresh food. No freezer burn, no preservatives, chemicals, or microwaves! It would be something to see how things are made and of course I would like to learn to ride a horse.

  7. Fashion, food, and balls? I have the urge to go shopping and to eat a large amount of food. LOL It’s wonderful to read about those days, however, I’m also excited to know more about the magician and demons.

  8. DEfinitely to go to a ball. I read about all these really cool balls with the dancing and the fashions and all, and I would love to travel back in time to experience one.


  9. All great reasons to visit Victorian England and I definitely agree! My reason to visit would be to just see and experience another time and place and being a time traveller would be fairly cool 🙂

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