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Never Kiss a Man in a Canoe: Words of Wisdom from the Golden Age of Agony Aunts Hardcover – 6 Nov 2009
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'The repackaged 19th-century agony aunt market is one obvious publishing success story: both a comic look at outdated mores from times that are happily gone by, and a reminder of how little has really changed. Tanith Carey's Never Kiss a Girl in a Canoe offers much that is still relevant to today's girl-about-town.' --Independent on Sunday
'Good for a hoot on a girls' night out'
A collection of the funniest – and most bizarre – agony aunts' advice from the 1850s to the 1960sSee all Product description
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My favourite bits of advice have got to be the letter advising a young girl how strangers are pretty much always likely to be evil highwaymen or murderers in disguise, willing to steal her virtue at the first opportunity. Then there's the letter to a woman worried about varicose veins, a bunion and bad breath who's told that her hips are out of alignment and that's what's cassing all three problems. Or the one advising a man who can't swim to throw an egg into the water and propel himself down towards it! It's fascinating reading what people believed was right or wrong in the past, what they thought made someone beautiful or made a boy into a man, or how they believed you could resolve medical problems, and some of the lotions and potions the agony aunts advise would never get past a magazine's health and safety checks nowadays!
This is the funniest and most interesting book I've read in ages, and I've already gone and bought two more copies to give to friends. My whole family sat around the table after lunch on Sunday reading snippets of advice and killing ourselves laughing, and I'm only disappointed that I didn't save it for Christmas Day as it would have been the perfect way to wile away a lazy Christmas afternoon!
And yet, while some of the advice made me laugh, and other advice shocked me a little - some of this advice dates from the 1960s, often thought of as a haven of permissiveness (clearly, no-one told the agony aunts) - some universal truths are illuminated: teenage girls have always fallen in love and found themselves nursing broken hearts, young women have always envied the clothes their friends are wearing, some have always wanted to be actresses, women have always struggled with bad husbands, women have always been plagued by naughty children, widows have always hoped they would find love again.
A sometimes amusing, sometimes sad, often hopeful little book of advice from yesteryear.
'Invest in a good panty girdle'
'Nothing is more efficacious in whitening the teeth than a little soot'
'Reading in bed is a dangerous and odious habit'
'To treat a double chin, wear a chin strap during sleep, which not only prevents the mouth falling open but also keeps the flesh up'
Hours of amusement and an endlessly fascinating look at how times have changed, thankfully!
Here's my problem. Some of your words of wisdom had me in agony - with laughing too much !
My advice - buy this book !"
Most recent customer reviews
Bought for my sister who is a budding agony aunt. Very cute book, good value and fast delivery.Published 21 months ago by Mrs. J. L. Lees
On one level a delightfully hillarious account of the world of the agony aunt and her clients in the mid- eighteen hundreds; on another level, revealing source material for the... Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2015 by Carolyn A. S. KERR
The anecdotes were not as amusing as I'd hoped and the layout is dull, making the quotes more like paragraphs of an ordinary book. Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2015 by BrendaT
This was a secret Santa pressie. Cheap and cheerful and very amusingPublished on 6 Jan. 2015 by Badfoot43
I read a newspaper review of this book and was intrigued, so I bought it. At times poignant, at times laugh out loud, it perfectly purveys the mores of the eras it covers and the... Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2010 by Caroline Standish