2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2014
It would be stating the obvious to point out that as a guide to running the home in the 21st century this book is of little or no use at all. However, some things have not changed very much; women still undertake the bulk of the housework despite the fact that many more now work outside the home. Kay Smallshaw edited "Good Housekeeping" and this book was written at a time when WWII rationing was still in force and live in servants had become a rarity. This book is firmly rooted in reality and addresses the fact housework is arduous and tiring. The practical hints and instructions are fascinating, not only because they show the relative inefficiency and scarcity of labour saving devices but they also allow us to enter a, now vanished, world of darned socks, food rationing and the Monday wash day. There is even information on how much various household items cost; the sort of detail that I love along with specific menus for various different occasions. If you like dipping into the recent past and enjoy books actually written at the time this new, beautifully presented edition is definitely to be recommended.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2006
Enter in to the world of the 1940/50's housewife!
With Britain still recovering from the 2nd World War a women's role changed once again! Instead of going out to work as they had done during the war as well as keeping the Home Front, they found themselves back in the home facing a life of domestic drudgery! A middle-class woman could no longer employ domestic help and so Kay Smallshaw's book first published in 1949 aimed to glamorise daily domestic life, show you how to make the best of your home, it's equipment and of course yourself.
Her book is divided into chapters, as you would expect, but some are just a little more odd than others for example,
1. What Running a Home Entails.
6. The Daily Round
7. The Weekly Cleaning
8. More Weekly Cleaning (As if chapters 6 & 7 didn't give you enough cleaning to do!)
19. Entertainment With Enjoyment
20. Beauty While You Work. (Shows you how to avoid 'dishpan' hands & give you a beauty treatment at the wash tub!)
I've enjoyed reading this book and certainly had a laugh or two along the way! I don't think I'll be changing the way I run my home, I like it just the way it is!
1 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2011
I ordered this book twice and sent it back twice. I wanted it as a present for my god-daughter who was setting up home for the first time, but both copies were grubby and stained and the covers were very tatty.
No idea if the content is any good as I didn't get that far.