Stephen Lycett

Introducing Mr Blackwood

Mr Blackwood’s Fabularium is a new novel that paints a panorama of Victorian England through a set of charming short stories.  A great read for fans of Victoriana, steam engines, top hats, ghosts and bathing machines!

Available both in in paperback and e-book formats, it can be purchased either from Amazon or from this website. For further details of the book itself and to order, click here.

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A History of Lost Sensations 3

A History of Lost Sensations 3

The olfactory world of the Victorians was more rank than ours. Let’s start with sewage. Most people know about the Great Stink of 1858, when a heatwave acting on the raw sewage in the Thames produced a stench so overpowering that Parliament was forced to close. Among the reasons for the sewage pollution in the river were the well-meant reforms of the 1830s and 40s […]

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A History of Lost Sensations 2

A History of Lost Sensations 2

In the last blog I offered soundscapes from the present, from fifty years ago and from 1533. What about a hundred and fifty years ago? We think of the modern world as a noisy place and, if you live under the Heathrow flight path, no doubt it is, but I think we’d be surprised by how noisy life in Victorian cities really was. Thomas Carlyle […]

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A History of Lost Sensations 1

A History of Lost Sensations 1

Here’s a modern urban and domestic soundscape: – Unsilenced motorcycle exhausts, burglar alarms, lorry reversing beepers, pings and buzzes from your mobile, other people’s ring tones, humming of fridges, music from builders’ radios, clang of scaffolding poles being loaded and unloaded, rasp of garden strimmers, creak of cooling radiators, rip of opening Velcro, rumble of trains on bridges, drone of microlights, chimes of ice cream […]

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