If Walls Could Talk by Lucy Worsley
An Intimate History of the Home

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The book's origins in television may account for some of its weaknesses.
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Why did the flushing toilet take two centuries to catch on? Why did Samuel Pepys never give his mistresses an orgasm? Why did medieval people sleep sitting up? When were the two "dirty centuries"? Why did gas lighting cause Victorian ladies to faint? Why, for centuries, did people fear fruit? All these questions will be answered in this juicy, smelly, and truly intimate history of home life. Lucy Worsley takes us through the bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen, covering the architectural history of each room, but concentrating on what people actually did in bed, in the bath, at the table, and at the stove. From sauce-stirring to breast-feeding, teeth-cleaning to masturbation, getting dressed to getting married, this book will make you see your home with new eyes.

Praise for If Walls Could Talk:
"Dr. Lucy Worsley charts the evolution of the British home ... It's a fascinating journey."-Daily Mail (UK )
"Anecdotes, jokes and fascinating facts come thick and fast ... Worsley's eye for quirky detail is so compelling you quickly find yourself gripped by the most unlikely subjects."-Mail on Sunday (UK )
"Saucy intimacies and salacious secrets ... I was glued."-Country Life (UK )


About Lucy Worsley

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British historian Lucy Worsley is chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity looking after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace State Apartments, the Banqueting House in Whitehall, and Kew Palace in Kew Gardens. She is also the author of The Courtiers, Hampton Court Palace, and Cavalier. In 2011, she presented the four-part television series If Walls Could Talk, which explored the history of British homes, and the three-part series Elegance and Decadence: The Age of the Regency. Lucy earned her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Sussex. Anne Flosnik is an accomplished, multi-award-winning British actress, with lead credits for stage, television, commercials, industrials, voice-overs, and audiobooks. Anne has garnered three AudioFile Earphones Awards, an ALA Award, and four Audie Award nominations. Her narration of Little Bee by Chris Cleave was chosen as one of the Best Audiobooks of the Year 2009 by AudioFile magazine and one of the Top 40 Best Audiobooks of 2009 by Library Journal.
Published February 28, 2012 by Walker Books. 368 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Parenting & Relationships, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Mina Holland on Jan 14 2012

Yet it all works. From the plethora of detail emerges Worsley's overarching point...It's the little things that define us as individuals and help us piece together the intricate puzzle of history.

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Reviewed by Jonathan Lopez on Feb 25 2012

The book's origins in television may account for some of its weaknesses.

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