The Making of Home


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The 500-year story of how, and why, our homes have come to be what they are, from the bestselling author of The Victorian City and The Victorian House.

About the Author

Judith Flanders is the author of the bestselling The Victorian House: Domestic Life from Childbirth to Deathbed (2003); the critically acclaimed Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain (2006); A Circle of Sisters (2001), which was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award; The Invention of Murder (2011); and, most recently, The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London (2012). She is a frequent contributor to the Sunday Telegraph, Guardian, Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement. Currently a senior research fellow at the University of Buckingham, she lives in London.


Fascinating... A treasure chest, bursting with facts and thoughts about what homes mean and how they have been lived in: a perfect book to curl up with in the comfort of your own.
*Mail on Sunday*

From the humble shack to the modern high-rise, Judith Flanders brilliantly illuminates the meaning of "home" throughout history. The Making of Home is a fascinating and ambitious exploration into the soul of family life. We are more than what we eat, we are also how we live.
*Amanda Foreman*

In this clever and entertaining book Flanders gives the everyday, from bed-making to drainpipes, all the vivid interest of something newly made strange.
*Sunday Times*

A delicious yet nerdy treat... This book deserves a place on your shelves, bedside table, or ottoman
*The Times*

Even though I often wanted to argue with its author, I loved this book.
*Literary Review*

The Making of Home is filled with bold arguments and memorable details... A compelling account of what was gained and lost in the quest for cosiness

Magnificent... Wonderfully rich and witty

Judith Flanders has many interesting, and sometimes startling, things to say about what domesticity means to us, how that meaning changed - and how it has endured... She is an efficient debunker of myths about poverty, family and the past.
*Financial Times*

This is a hugely informative book, and worth reading for the feminist chapter on women's changing roles alone. An absorbing read.
*Daily Express*

Thought-provoking... Deeply absorbing

In The Making of Home, historian Judith Flanders furnishes fascinating detail on how houses have been made to feel like "home" over 500 years.
*Wall Street Journal*

[A] wonderful social history ... a riveting, whistle-stop tour through history.
*Daily Mail*

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