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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (749 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lucy Worsley Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781452677880
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Why did the flushing toilet take two centuries to catch on? Why did medieval people sleep sitting up? When were the two "dirty centuries?" Why did gas lighting cause Victorian ladies to faint? Why, for centuries, did rich people fear fruit?In her brilliantly and creatively researched book, Lucy Worsley takes us through the bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen. She covers the history of each room and explores what people actually did in bed, in the bath, at the table, and at the stove-from sauce stirring to breastfeeding, teeth cleaning to masturbation, getting dressed to getting married-providing a compelling account of how the four rooms of the home have evolved from medieval times to today. Download and start listening now!

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  • Who could not be enthralled by the history of toilet paper? Anyone who lives in a home with a kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom will delight in reading this history of the development of home life. Kirkus Starred Review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 2/17/2014

    " Good fun. Like Bill Bryson's At Home, but much tighter and more focused on the domestic, where Bryson strays all over the place. Too much focus on the upper classes, whose lives are of course much better documented, but I wish she'd done more to include the domestic lives of the less privileged. I listened to it as an audiobook, and it's the same reader as Deborah Devonshire's autobio, which is kind of funny because Chatsworth comes up a few times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kir | 2/12/2014

    " A very interesting and exhaustive look at the four central rooms in a home--bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen--and how the use of those rooms has evolved. The author made a convincing case that the way we use those rooms today (wood heat, whole and organic foods, multi-purpose rooms and open floor plans) is more medieval than modern. Interesting, eh? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurisa | 2/4/2014

    " This is the perfect bathroom book. And I don't say that in a derogatory way, or because a quarter of the book is devoted to that room. The book is presented in convenient "bite-sized" chapters filled with interesting tidbits on a variety of obscure topics relating to four rooms of the house: Bedroom, Bathroom, Living Room, and Kitchen. It is easy to digest a sliver of the book and come back some time later to resume without missing anything. Discovering the origins of various phrases like "Chairman of the Board," "upper crust," and "wrong end of the stick" as well as their explanations was very interesting. One thing I craved was more in-depth exploration and discussion of some of the "larger" topics, but overall this was a fun, informative, and entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/30/2014

    " You could say it's just a nonstop stream of trivia, but it's trivia that I am generally interested in and I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 1/27/2014

    " In the beginning, I found it quite entertaining...then less so. It sort of lost its way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 1/19/2014

    " An interesting read...definitely not a can't put down book. It's a read a section at a time, quirky read! History of toilet paper! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 12/27/2013

    " I wish she had expanded more on many of her tidbits. It felt like we moved too quickly from factoid to factoid without the full detail that this fascinating stuff deserved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara Melbourne | 12/17/2013

    " Very good. Lucy Worsley is a very engaging writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 12/11/2013

    " Overall it was interesting, at times seemed a little disjointed but I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 11/29/2013

    " Chock full of interesting tidbits in an easy conversational style. Wish we had been able to get Lucy Worsley's tv shows in the U.S.! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen McCarthy | 10/8/2013

    " Enjoyed the historical anecdotes. Felt like the book kind of rambled from its point and would randomly make some commentary on current society out of the blue. But overall a fast and enjoyable read - and learned a bit along the way.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz Smith | 8/7/2013

    " Interesting if basic look at British personal and domestic history. Only a 2 night read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobbie Coughlin | 7/30/2013

    " I am fascinated by the way people lived from day to dsy in the past. This book attempts to describe various aspects of daily life from the medieval period to the present. Unfortunately, the presentation is superficial and rather scattered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee E. | 6/7/2013

    " A little dry in places but full of all kinds of quirky information about the evolution of things in the home . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mundiemom5 | 5/26/2013

    " This was certainly an interesting read! I love the details of history and If These Walls Could Talk is right up my alley! This book brings interesting details about the history of common rooms of the house to light. It is well researched and documented!! Well done, Lucy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 3/22/2013

    " I liked it. I was hoping for more of an architectural history/furniture history and this is more a history of certain products and behaviors we exhibit in our homes. I love history though, so it was still interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 2/20/2013

    " Enjoyable but I've read lots of similar books so the material wasn't new to me. Good if you are starting out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/2/2012

    " Very interesting book. Each chapter is a new revelation in the society of long ago. From the bedroom, to bath, to kitchen it is amazing people lived through those centuries! "

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About the Author

Lucy Worsley, PhD, is a historian, author, curator, and television presenter. She read ancient and modern history at New College, Oxford, and worked for English Heritage before becoming chief curator of historic royal palaces, based at Hampton Court. She also presents history programs for the BBC. Her bestselling books include A Very British Murder: The Curious Story of how Crime Was Turned into Art, If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home, and Courtiers: the Secret History of the Georgian Court, and Cavalier: The Story of a 17th-Century Playboy.

About the Narrator

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including three AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has twice been an Audie Award finalist. She is an accomplished actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.