I myself am most intrigued by history, and tend to read mostly books that subject matter is before 1900. A good book that I would recommend to get an idea of victoria era in britian would be:
Victorian People and Ideas: A Companion for the Modern Reader of Victorian Literature by Richard Daniel Altick.
Its a great book but very hard to find. Then if you are interested in finding out about the woman of the victorian area these two books are great. They give you a real insight into that time period nad how woman were represented.
City of Dreadful Delight : Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London (Women in Culture and Society Series)
Prostitution and Victorian Society : Women, Class, and the State
by Judith R. Walkowitz
I hope some of these works can help.
Duchess of Somerset