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  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840247029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840247022
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.2 x 15.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`This nineteenth century prudish approach to sex is akin to something you might see in a Little Britain sketch' -- St Cristopher's Inns e-zine, November 2008

`What might have been sound advice in the late 19th century provides side-splitting giggles now.' -- Wigan Evening Post, November 8, 2008

`a thoroughly entertaining and hilarious gift sure to cause much merriment.'
-- Lancashire Evening Post, November 1, 2008

`gems found in this amusing pocket-sized self-help guide.' -- Rotherham Advertiser, November 7, 2008

`plenty of wry chuckles... For a bargain three pounds, this is the ideal present for the aspiring celibate.'
-- Forum magazine, January 2009

`provides side-splitting giggles... proof indeed that our sexual attitudes have changed drastically over the last century.' -- Lancashire Evening Post, November 9, 2008

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`gems found in this amusing pocket-sized self-help guide.'

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun. 2009
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Ruth Smythers - more frigid than any ice cube! I need to buy this book in bulk because it makes a great gag gift for any future bride. Such gems of advice for the bride in this book include:

"Give Little, Give Seldom, And Above All, Give Grudgingly."

"Sex, when it cannot be prevented, should be practiced only in total darkness."

"When he finds her, the wife should lie as still as possible. Bodily motion on her part could be interpreted as sexual excitement by the optimistic husband."

This may have been written in the Victorian era, but even good ol' Queen Vicky would've had a hard time following Ruth's advice.

Sex Tips For Husbands & Wives From 1894 - Read it. Learn it. Live it...if you dare.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Lewis on 15 Dec. 2012
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Wish I hadn't bought this. It's not genuine as a quick internet search will verify. If it was a good quality hoax or spoof or parody, it might have some value, but it's very short, badly written and clearly purports to be something it isn't. Don't waste your money.
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I bought this as I love these series of books on social etiquette in bygone days. However to state as it does that she is a 'beloved' wife of a Reverend did not ring true after reading, as there is nothing 'beloved' in her view on marital relationship!! it should be re-titled 'how to ruin your marriage in less than a year' as her aim was to be completely finished with sex within ten years, after child-bearing was over with! I was saddened that such a book of horrendous and love-less rules could exist, any young wife following these rules would have absolutely killed their marriage relationship within a year. I was saddened rather than amused at Ruth Smythers hatred of sex, nudity between husband and wife and even the showing of any affection that could lead up to the husband getting any desirous intentions, tips such as 'If your husband goes to kiss your hand - make it a fist' left me open mouthed in shock! To say she was a Reverends wife, and writing for a religious press - she could not have read the Bible properly - or did she blot out the verses such as a husband delights in the breasts of his wife. This book was certainly an eye-opener into the extremes of hatred for sex - even with a loving husband!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eva Martens on 13 April 2013
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This is a tiny book so unless that's what you are looking for, it's not really worth the money. The dimensions are given so do pay attention to them (I didn't). More importantly, it's an excerpt from Marriage & Love: Real Advice from 1894: Instructions for Females on Courtship and Matrimony, with Tips to Discourage Sexual Advances by Ruth Smythers (same author) so it makes more sense to buy that one.
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By Busyquine on 20 Aug. 2012
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I bought this as part of the collection I have of Don`ts for Husbands, and Don`ts for Wives. The book is hilarious - i read bits of it out to some friends, and some elderly people, some 60 years apart in age, and the advice in the book was, to put it simply, so repressive it was hilarious. Ok, it is just a wee book, but the fact that it was actually written to encourage the bride to "have achieved the ultimate goal of terminating all sexual contact with the husband by the 10th year of marriage and can then rely on his love for the children and social pressures to keep him at home" is breathtaking!

Yes, it is just a wee read, but worth it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Nov. 2009
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As already described by the previous reviewers, the pamphlet (calling it a book is stretching the meaning of the word a bit too much) is quite amusing and makes for a good tongue in cheek gift.

One marvels if this was representative of the public opinion back when it was published - or whether it was fringe material even then.

However do not raise your expectations too much - there is about five minutes of hillarity to be had, then the book is over.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A D. Pate on 31 Dec. 2010
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Admittedly, it can be read in about three minutes; it's very small.
However, it contains some hilarious views of an anti-sex woman from the late 19th century.
Seriously, this woman must have had some traumatic sexual experiences.
And she tries to pass her 'wisdom' onto other wives.
Quite funny and makes a good little wedding present.
Or even if you want to amuse yourself for a few minutes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tina on 17 Dec. 2011
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Excellent product, really funny, I have used it for wedding night packages and a secret santa gift and it always gets a good laugh from everyone.
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