Katharine Whitehorn

Heavy Petting & All That

The English in Love: The Intimate Story of an Emotional Revolution

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You might expect that an exhaustively researched book, sporting over fifty concluding pages of references and acknowledgements, would be on the heavy side, something to be slogged through; but this account of the changing expectations and practices of marriage and attachment, from the end of the First World War to the start of the Sixties free-for-all, is anything but. The scholarly research simply serves to provide telling instances of the changing and blending trends that it analyses.

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