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Guardian & Observer reviews
Kathryn Hughes sympathetically explores the irony behind Mrs Beeton's public and private image in this highly readable and informative study of Victorian style. Far from being a stoical, middle-aged matron, Bella Beeton in fact was only 25 years old when she created the guide to successful family living, and sadly died at the age of 28 from (contrary to her parents' belief) bad hygiene.
We each of us strive for domestic bliss, and we may look to Delia and Nigella to give us tips on achieving the unattainable. Kathryn Hughes, acclaimed for her biography of George Eliot, has pulled back the curtains to look at the creator of the ultimate book on keeping house.