In Tourists, Lucy Lethbridge brings the voices of early travellers vividly to life.
From the discomfort of the stagecoach to the ‘self-contained pleasure palace’ of the beach resort, Lucy Lethbridge brilliantly examines two centuries of tourists’ experiences. Among a range of disparate characters, we meet the commercial titans of Victorian tourism, Albert Smith, Henry Gaze and Thomas Cook, as well as their successor, Vladimir Raitz, the creator of the modern beach holiday.
‘Delightful . . . witty . . . Lucy Lethbridge has written a glorious romp of a book’ Kathryn Hughes
‘I really can't recommend Lucy Lethbridge’s new book on the history of tourism enough – especially if you are going on holiday’ Tom Holland
A Perfect Nightmare
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