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This is an auction for THE SHORT LIFE AND LONG TIMES OF MRS BEETON, by Kathryn Hughes.

'This is a wonderful book, so masterful and scholarly and wise, there will never need to be another.'
- The Observer

'This is a brilliant biography, which tells an absorbing, strange and sad story with great aplomb.'
- The Spectator

Amazon.com review:

"In Victorian England what did every middle-class housewife need to create the perfect home? ‘The Book of Household Management’. But Mrs Beeton is not quite the matronly figure that has kept her name resonating for 150 years. The famous pages of carefully costed recipes, warnings about not gossiping to visitors, and making sure you always keep your hat on in someone else’s house were indispensable in the moulding of the Victorian domestic bliss. But there are many myths surrounding the legend of Mrs Beeton. Kathryn Hughes reveals that Bella Beeton was a million miles away from the stoical, middle-aged matron. She was in fact only 25 years old when she created the guide to successful family living and had only had five years experience of her own to inform her. She lived in a semi-detached house in Pinner with the bare minimum of servants. She bordered on being a workaholic, and certainly wasn’t the meek and mild little wife that her book was aimed at – more a highly intelligent and ambitious young woman. After preaching about wholesome and clean living, Bella Beeton died at the age of 28 from bad hygiene. Kathryn Hughes explores the irony behind Bella Beeton’s public and private image in this highly readable and informative study of Victorian life."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 2005.

480 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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