Who can resist a book with chapters such as ‘A Lady and Her Liquor’, ‘Pleasures of a Single Bed’ and ‘Solitary Refinement’? In this priceless gem from a more genteel age, Marjorie Hillis provides no-nonsense advice for the single-but-hoping-not-to-be woman.
‘This book is no brief for living alone. Five out of ten of the people who do so can’t help themselves, and at least three of the others are irritatingly selfish. But the chances are that at some time in your life, possibly only now and then between husbands, you will find yourself settling down to a solitary existence . . . The point is that there is a technique about living alone successfully, as there is about doing anything really well. Whether you view your one-woman menage as Doom or Adventure, you need a plan, if you are going to make the best of it’
And, lest you worry about how to put all the advice into practice, every chapter includes a case study providing examples of women who heeded — and women who disregarded — these golden rules.