Live Alone And Like It, Hardback Book
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This 1936 bestseller created a phenomenon - it sold over 100,000 copies in the first two months of its release.

Who can resist a book with chapters such as 'A Lady and Her Liquor', 'Pleasures of a Single Bed' and 'Solitary Refinement'?

Marjorie Hillis, a 1930s Vogue editor, provides a stylish, no-nonsense guide to living and loving single life.

Written with wisdom, humour and panache, this is advice that will never go out of fashion. 'Chances are that at sometime in your life, possibly only now and then between husbands, you will find yourself settling down to a solitary existence.

You may do it from choice. Lots of people do ... Whether you view your one-woman menage as Doom or Adventure (and whether you are twenty-six or sixty-six), you need a plan.'With beautiful, stylish line drawings by a Vogue illustrator.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160 pages
  • 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This is the sort of book that you dismiss in your twenties as being out of date and read in your forties and realise how far we have to go.This was written in the 30s so some of the advice is out of date, but the advice to pamper yourself, to treat yourself well first can never date.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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