The Book

“All My Darlings” is an absorbing, intimate, touching portrait of a Victorian family. But,  it is also the product of years of scholarship and research, which has resulted in a remarkable social historical archive which can now be found in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.

You can purchase “All My Darlings” here in either physical or eBook form, but we also want to make as much of the archive as possible available as a free resource for historians and enthusiasts alike.

Below, you are able to see a full list of materials in the archive, all the transcribed letters in PDF form (grouped by date) and selected pictures of characters and curiosities,

The letters engage with a wide range of subjects from national and international politics to arts and culture, gender roles, mental health and religious schisms. We hope these online assets will be illuminating for those with an interest in the Victorian era.

All materials on this website may be freely reproduced with written permission from the author. Likewise, Patricia is happy to try to answer any specific enquiries, time permitting.