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If Walls Could Talk: An intimate history of the home Paperback – 5 Jan 2012
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'Fascinating history ... it is very useful to have these histories of different purposes brought together under one banner ... highly accessible.' -- The Herald >> 'Almost every page contains [a] diverting nugget. Worsley is like a larky tour guide, whirling us round the seedier corridors of the royal palaces ... it's all terrific fun.' -- Bee Wilson, Sunday Times >> 'Anecdotes, jokes and fascinating facts come thick and fast ... Worsley's eye for quirky detail is so compelling that you quickly find yourself gripped by the most unlikely subjects ... a very enjoyable beginner's guide to British domestic life.' -- Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday >> 'This book has an excellent title.If Walls Could Talk hints at saucy intimacies and salacious secrets - and the reader (blushing, if male), isn't disappointed ... I was glued.' -- Clive Aslet, Country Life >> 'She is almost school-teacherly, but has a naughty twinkle in her eye and a talent for self-deprecating personal intervention that allows her book to wear its learning lightly ... engaging.' --Stella Tillyard, Daily Telegraph
'It all works. From the plethora of detail emerges Worsley's overarching point, which is that "every single object in your home has its own important story to tell".' -- Observer Paperback of the Week >> 'Fascinating intimate history.' --Daily Telegraph
If Walls Could Talk: An intimate history of the home, by Lucy Worsley, is a fascinating look at how people really lived, loved and died over the centuries, by the acclaimed historian and author of Courtiers: The Secret History of the Georgian Court and Cavalier: The Story of a 17th-Century Playboy.See all Product description
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The writing brings things to life and answers questions that you might have had and some that might not have occurred to you. It also allows us to see how the language and words we use today for household items has evolved over the centuries so you get many "Ah, so that's why..." moments as you read. It is also generously illustrated with a combination of both drawings and colour plates. This is a treasure trove of a book from a knowledgeable and accomplished historian and I highly recommend it!
A wonderful 5* treat.
Such a shame it wasn't padded out more as it had potential. I found myself not reading it all as I heard it from the TV show.
A book you'll be talking to all your friends about and remembering for a long time.