Meet the Writers

Monocle Reads: ‘The Wonders: Lifting the Curtain on the Freak Show, Circus and Victorian Age’

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27 June 2019

14 minutes

Georgina Godwin meets Dr John Woolf, a historian and researcher who talks about his book ‘The Wonders: Lifting the Curtain on the Freak Show, Circus and Victorian Age’. Revealing the dark truth behind the hit film ‘The Greatest Showman’, this is a radical new history of the Victorian era. Woolf delves into the birth of showbusiness and the little-known fact that Queen Victoria was a huge ‘freak fancier’.

27 June 2019

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