How can you get a book out of the uses of lemons around the house? Well, Margaret Briggs gives quite a lengthy history of citrus fruits as an introduction to this, which helps spin things out a bit. There are seven chapters and only the final three are actually the practical household uses - one chapter is on the industrial uses of lemons.
There is a section on beauty treatments, including masks, toners and cleansers with a lemon base. Most of the treatments are for oily skin, as you might expect. Not all are totally practical - lavender tincture is hard to obtain, as is ginger essential oil.
This is followed by a section on cleaning with lemons that is definitely the most useful part of the book. For example, lemon mixed with bicarbonate of soda is great at cleaning stained sinks; and one I can vouch for, lemon juice and salt gets rid of rust stains on clothes. Apparently this also works with mildew marks.
Finally, the area most of us are familiar with, cooking with lemons. There's a decent selection of well - written recipes though not one for my favourite use of a lemon, Sussex Pond Pudding.
It's spun out a bit, but this does contain some handy hints - and some that you may not have thought of. For the cleaning section alone, it's worth getting.