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The Curious History of Dating: From Jane Austen to Tinder Hardcover – September 4, 2018
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AN EMPHATICALLY FEMINIST HISTORY OF DATING
'A new approach to romance... The heroines of Regency novels could teach today's young women a trick or two'Sunday Times
What if Mr Darcy had simply been able to swipe right?
'This book was a real education for me. It's like a Lonely Planet guidebook to dating.'
'Lessons to learn for committed singletons and happily married alike, and everyone in between.'
'I loved it.'
'I found it hard to put down.'
Dating has never been easy. The road to true love has always been rutted with heartbreak, but do we have it any easier today?
How did Victorians 'come out'? How did love blossom in war-torn Europe? And why did 80s video-dating never take off?
Bursting with little-known facts and tantalizing tales of lovelorn men and besotted women, Nichi Hodgson's intriguing history of amorous relationships, from enamoured Georgians to frenziedly swiping millennials (and everyone in between) may leave you grateful that you live - and love - today.
Hodgson covers a lot of ground in 234 pages - this is a pacey, intelligent and authoritative account with bags of wit.―LawGazette.co.uk
Nichi Hodgson takes you on a whistle-stop tour of dating through history―historyextra.com
A new approach to romance . . . The heroines of Regency novels could teach today's young women a trick or two.―Sunday Times
Nichi's writing is articulate, entertaining, informative and eye-opening.―J. V. Wilson
A fascinating look at our attitudes to sex and relationships from the 1700s to the present day. Thoroughly recommended.―Hazel Millichamp
I loved it.―Adele Taylor
About the Author
- Publisher : Robinson (September 4, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1472138066
- ISBN-13 : 978-1472138064
- Item Weight : 11.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.38 x 0.88 x 8.13 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,482,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are a couple of obvious historical errors:
* Page 73: it states that during World War I there was a shortage of condoms because of the Japanese takeover of Malaya. Sorry — the Japanese seized Malaya in WW II in December 1941 - February 1942, not during WW I. Also, the Malayan rubber industry really got going in the 1920s and 1930s as a result of the great increase in the demand for rubber tires for automobiles. It had nothing to do with supplying rubber for prophylactics.
* Page 77: it states “By the time the war [i.e., WW I] ended, there were more than one million surplus women for every eligible man.” A male dream! I think the author is trying to say that there was a surplus of one million women over the entire adult male population.
There are also a few humorous items such as the one on page 121 regarding the appeal of American soldiers to English girls during World War II: “Never in the history of sex was so much offered to so many by so few.”
Page 155: I had not realized that the mini-skirt was created by fashion designer Mary Quant in the 1960s. For some reason, I had thought it was first created in Paris. Anyway, the next couple of pages then discuss the supposed effects of the mini-skirt on public morality.
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The fact that it's written by a well known and outspoken feminist should only add to its credibility, because it doesn't preach, belittle or threaten, it just opens up the history of relationships/dating/male and female behaviour into an extremely coherent and interesting read.
This review has not done it justice, so give it a go. Buy it for a friend, girlfriend, wife...anyone really, it doesn't seem to sit within a restricted consumer category, which should add to its appeal.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on July 7, 2019