A wonderfully amusing guide to living and loving the single life. A bestseller in 1936, this is a witty, no-nonsense gem from a more genteel age.
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 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.
About the Author
Marjorie Hillis (1889-1971) worked for Vogue for over twenty years, where she became assistant editor. She was one of a growing number of independent, professional women who lived alone by choice. In 1936 she wrote Live Alone and Like It, the superlative guide for 'bachelor ladies' (who became known as 'live-aloners'). It was an instant bestseller.
Candace Bushnell, your time's up. Drain your cosmo and step aside. You've been usurped by yet another single-woman arbiter: Marjorie Hillis, the author of Live Alone and Like It - Saturday Post (Canada)
Richly deserves to be this year's Christmas best-seller . . . a perfect bedside companion for the post-Bridget Jones generation, who see no reason to put their lives on hold until Mr Right appears - The Daily Telegraph (Canada)
Series: Virago Modern Classics
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 20th April 2005
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.7 x 11.2
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1