VICTORIAN LADY'S GUIDE TO LIFE


VICTORIAN LADY'S GUIDE TO LIFE

ELSPETH MARR    Book Number: 86182    Product format: Paperback

First published as 'Aunt Epp's Guide For Life', Elspeth Marr (1871-1947) was the great great aunt of the author who died before she was three. 'She was also our landlady, and each morning I would be summoned to her hearth, where she sat enthroned in a black waterfall of lace and silk, her skirts spilling across my feet. I stood to attention as she thundered at me her volleys of heroic verse and threatened me with hell fire.' Epp was the writer and recorder of eccentric, erudite and outspoken journals and diaries, a free spirit who travelled from her east Scottish fishing village home and whose life would fill a novel about her seafaring ancestry. Her humble upbringing, days as a chambermaid, affair with an aristocrat, pregnancy, sojourn in Paris and return to Scotland employed in the village post office never stopped her penning a remarkable series of Notes. Part journal, part manual, part commonplace book, she touches on the universal topics of religion, evolution and ethical issues, food, sex and health, urging you to keep your mind and bowels open, about God and the origin of the universe, how to clean gold, all about infidelity and impotence, reincarnation and resignation, menstruation, flatulence, to catch fish without a net but by intoxication alone by grinding seeds like cumin and rice flower, how to make ketchup, the activity of sexual intercourse 'which men pursue more than women'. 'And sex is like bread. What would life be without it? A dull business indeed.' From adultery to wrinkles, garlic to patriotism, here is shrewd, witty and opinionated advice. In A-Z with lovely line art, 192pp in reprinted paperback.
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ISBN 9781782438922
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