If Walls Could Talk

An Intimate History of the Home
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.72 hours)
Product Number: Z100093171
Released: Jun 02, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781452627885
Narrator/s: Anne Flosnik
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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Why did the flushing toilet take two centuries to catch on? 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 rich people fear fruit?In her brilliantly and creatively researched book, Lucy Worsley takes us through the bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen. She covers the history of each room and explores what people actually did in bed, in the bath, at the table, and at the stove-from sauce stirring to breastfeeding, teeth cleaning to masturbation, getting dressed to getting married-providing a compelling account of how the four rooms of the home have evolved from medieval times to today.

Author(s): Lucy Worsley
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: May 28, 2012

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All formats/editions

Author(s): Lucy Worsley
Narrator(s): Anne Flosnik
Genre: History
Product Number DD4396
Released: May 28, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781452607887
Author(s): Lucy Worsley
Genre: History
Product Number EB00637251
Released: Feb 23, 2016
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
ISBN: #9780802712721

Professional reviews

"This history of the house is mainly the history of the British home, though there are references to American and French homes and customs. Anne Flosnik narrates in a smooth British accent, using a slow, even pace as she tells the history of each of the four main rooms of the house--the bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen. Flosnik employs a deeper voice and more forceful tone for the quotations interspersed in the text. The overall effect is an expert reading that makes the intimate details and customs of the home, roughly from the time of the Tudors to the present, both real and a pleasure to listen to. Her intonation and careful pauses allow Worsley's research on the purpose of each room and how usage has changed over time to shine. E.N. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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