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Family Secrets: Living with Shame from the Victorians to the Present Day Hardcover – 9 Jan 2013

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (9 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670917664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670917662
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.6 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A well-researched, timely and absorbing book, it challenges many of our prejudices about how our immediate ancestors thought, and invites us to enquire more closely into how and when and why families keep secrets and guard their privacy. (Hilary Mantel)

A 'book of marvels'. What marks out Family Secrets as an important book is not so much its breadth as its depth ... the result is a clear sighted investigation into what our forebears felt was private, and what they kept secret. (Kathryn Hughes Guardian)

Scrupulous research with cool analysis and a humane intelligence (Financial Times)

Fascinating reading (The Scotsman)

A fact-packed and fascinating history of secret-keeping (Evening Standard)

Cohen is a formidable researcher, and she narrates the stories she has uncovered with infectious delight. A find (Judith Flanders Sunday Telegraph)

An excellent and illuminating book. . . [It is] in the fastidious detail that her book comes alive (Salley Vickers Observer)

The history of secrets and their relation to the family turns out to be far more complex and vastly more interesting than might be imagined. Family Secrets is thought-provoking, well-written and remorselessly intelligent. . . an important book (The Spectator)

A stylishly written, multilayered, broad-sweep book . . . essential reading for students on history, sociology and social policy courses . . . at a time when family "breakdown" is a matter of public concern, this book casts an illuminating light on a complex issue (Times Higher Ed (Book of the Week))

A riveting study of secrecy and shame (Daily Mail)

About the Author

Born into a family with its own fair share of secrets, Deborah Cohen was raised in Kentucky and educated at Harvard and Berkeley.She teaches at Northwestern University, where she holds the Peter B. Ritzma Professorship of the Humanities.Her last book was the award-winning Household Gods, a history of the British love-affair with the home.


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