'No thoughtful person - married, celibate, unfaithful or otherwise - should be without this book.' Mark Kingwell, author of The World We Want 'Deftly shows how this always fragile, yet always resilient institution has evolved. It's not always a pretty picture but it's a fascinating one.' Judith Timson, author of Family Matters 'Elizabeth Abbott has penned a masterpiece ... a wide-ranging account of how the social intersects with many forms of the personal.' Ahmad Saidullah, author of Happiness and Other Disorders
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About the Author
ELIZABETH ABBOTT is a writer, lecturer and historian with a special interest in women's issues, social justice, the treatment of animals, and the environment. She has a doctorate from McGill University in 19th century history. Her most recent book, A History of Marriage, completes her trilogy about human relationships following A History of Celibacy and A History of Mistresses. A History of Marriage was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Her previous book, Sugar: A Bittersweet History, inspired by her Antiguan heritage, was short-listed for the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. Born in Montreal, she has lived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and now resides in Toronto. She is a grandmother and owns three dogs.