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5.0 out of 5 stars Tickled pink
As someone with a serious interest in all things 18th-century, this proved a wonderful addition to my collection. However, whether you read this for historical/social reasons or just pure pleasure, this book is an enjoyable, face-paced read. Written in a style very easy to read and relate to, the situations are re-created in detail, with just enough...
Published on 17 Oct 2007 by V. A. Crouch

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2.0 out of 5 stars Postcards
I bought this to help broaden an idea of the 18th century mindset, fully aware it would be more about the rich than the poor, about London rater than anywhere else. My expectations were not unreasonable. The tenor of the book, however, is still more reminiscent of the 60s magazine Titbits than anything useful for research. Fraught with a jokey style that brings to mind...
Published on 16 Dec 2011 by Lulubeth


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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tickled pink, 17 Oct 2007
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As someone with a serious interest in all things 18th-century, this proved a wonderful addition to my collection. However, whether you read this for historical/social reasons or just pure pleasure, this book is an enjoyable, face-paced read. Written in a style very easy to read and relate to, the situations are re-created in detail, with just enough light-heartedness.

Fascinating and scintillating, you will be shocked and amused by just what our ancestors got up to, with everything from sex clubs to homosexual erotica (un)covered.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Postcards, 16 Dec 2011
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I bought this to help broaden an idea of the 18th century mindset, fully aware it would be more about the rich than the poor, about London rater than anywhere else. My expectations were not unreasonable. The tenor of the book, however, is still more reminiscent of the 60s magazine Titbits than anything useful for research. Fraught with a jokey style that brings to mind the verb "titillate", the author's failure to lock the explosion of prostitution and sexual prurience of the 18th century to wider history leaves the content stranded as merely "naughty" - a series of salacious postcards - without any more sober or interesting purpose. Should have guessed from the Edwina Currie endorsement, I suppose, but hope springs eternal. Afraid I found it dull and trivial - and highly unlikely to shed light on "our attitudes to sex today" as promised in the blurb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 4 May 2012
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This is a must-own for anyone interested in things you aren't meant to know about the eighteenth century. Humourous, informative, a great source for essays, and beautifully written. I started by taking this book out of the library for work, but I soon decided to buy it (which I hardly ever do), and it's been an invaluable resource for me. It makes history interesting!
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