The Story of a Family in Britain’s Imperial Heyday
Jobs for the Boys is a portrait of one inter-dependent Victorian family who made alkali, war and the Empire. They were politicians and feminists; they dredged the River Tyne, started newspapers and developed electric light. The architect in the family, JJ Stevenson, pioneered the ‘Queen Anne Revival’ and designed houses, offices and tombs for his relatives. The family lawyer drew up their wills; the family blacksmith made their gates and the family dentist looked after their teeth.