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Reviews in History – New Reviews 3 September 2009

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Three new reviews have been posted this week.

In the first, Lynne Walker finds much of interest (no. 786) in Judith Neiswander’s new study of the popular literature of Victorian interior decoration, The Cosmopolitan Interior: Liberalism and the British Home 1870-1914.

Elsewhere Frank Turner assesses (no. 787) Ruth Windscheffel’s attempt to find a new perspective on Gladstone through an examination of his reading habits, in Reading Gladstone.

The last review (no. 788) this week is of The Chemical Choir: a History of Alchemy. Vittoria Feola reveals whether author P. G. Maxwell-Stuart has managed to turn base metal into gold.

As always, please send any comments or suggestions to me at danny.millum@sas.ac.uk or ihr.reviews@sas.ac.uk.