Live Alone and Like it : The Classic Guide for the Single Woman, Hardback Book

Live Alone and Like it : The Classic Guide for the Single Woman Hardback

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Who can resist a book with chapters such as 'A Lady and Her Liquor', 'Pleasures of a Single Bed' and 'Solitary Refinement'? In this priceless gem from a more genteel age, Marjorie Hillis provides no-nonsense advice for the single woman. 'This book is no brief for living alone. Five out of ten of the people who do so can't help themselves, and at least three of the others are irritatingly selfish.

But the chances are that at some time in your life, possibly only now and then between husbands, you will find yourself settling down to a solitary existence ...The point is that there is a technique about living alone successfully, as there is about doing anything really well. Whether you view your one-woman menage as Doom or Adventure, you need a plan, if you are going to make the best of it' And, lest you worry about how to put all the advice into practice, every chapter includes a case study providing examples of women who heeded - and women who disregarded - these golden rules.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Humour
  • ISBN: 9781844081257



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This is the sort of book that you dismiss in your twenties as being out of date and read in your forties and realise how far we have to go.This was written in the 30s so some of the advice is out of date, but the advice to pamper yourself, to treat yourself well first can never date. Some of the mores may have moved on but overall the advice is sound. I have seen a few reviewers who criticise how she talks about maybe finding a man and changing your circumstances and how it's different now. The pressure to pair up has never been greater. At least then you had some excuses, particularly in Europe, with the First World War the population of men was quite strictly outnumbered by women, and in a few years World War II was going to explode and deprive the world of yet more men. Women had to cope on their own and I expect that this is why this book was reprinted over and over, women had to do without and had to cope with singledom and you can also see during this period an increase in women becoming nuns and learning different skills.It's of it's time, but some of it's advice is timeless.

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