The Diaries of Anthony Hewitson, Provincial Journalist, Volume 2: 1891–1912 - cover image


Andrew Hobbs;




  • English


Paperback156 x 234 mm (6.14" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 234 mm (6.14" x 9.21")


  • JBCT
  • NHD
  • KNTP2


  • KNTJ
  • JFD
  • 3JH


  • SOC052000
  • HIS015060
  • LAN008000

    The Diaries of Anthony Hewitson, Provincial Journalist, Volume 2


    This book is part of a 2-volume set. The other volume in the set is:
    Anthony Hewitson (1836-1912) was a typical Victorian journalist, working in one of the largest sectors of the periodical press, provincial newspapers. His diaries, written between 1862 and 1912, lift the veil of anonymity hiding the people, processes and networks involved in the creation of Victorian newspapers. They also tell us about Victorian fatherhood, family life, and the culture of a Victorian town.

    Diaries of nineteenth-century provincial journalists are extremely rare. Anthony Hewitson went from printer’s apprentice to newspaper reporter and eventually editor of his own paper. Every night he jotted down the day’s doings, his thoughts and feelings. The diaries are a lively account of the reporter’s daily round, covering meetings and court cases, hunting for gossip or attending public executions and variety shows, in and around Preston, Lancashire.

    Andrew Hobbs’s introduction and footnotes provide background and analysis of these valuable documents. This full scholarly edition offers a wealth of new information about reporting, freelancing, sub-editing, newspaper ownership and publishing, and illuminates aspects of Victorian periodicals and culture extending far beyond provincial newspapers.

    The Diaries of Anthony Hewitson, Provincial Journalist are an indispensable research tool for local and regional historians, as well as social and political historians with an interest in Victorian studies and the media. They are also illuminating for anyone interested in nineteenth-century social and cultural history.


    This is tremendous work, which provides an important insight into not only the working practices of nineteenth-century local journalism, but also the political, social and cultural life of a lively northern town, as seen through the eyes of a fascinating, very engaged individual who was a member of wide-ranging and influential social, cultural and political networks, which, although focussing on Preston, clearly extended much more widely.

    Dr Andrew Jackson

    Bishop Grosseteste University