Katharine Whitehorn

Heavy Petting & All That

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

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Oxford University Press 289pp £20 order from our bookshop

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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