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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (632 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Debra Adelaide Narrator: Eleanor David Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN:
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Inspired by her heroine, Isabella Beeton, Delia has made a living writing a series of hugely successful modern household guides, as well as an acerbic domestic advice column. As the book opens, she is not yet 40, but has only a short time to live.

She is preoccupied with how to prepare herself and her family for death, from writing exhaustive lists to teaching her young daughters how to make a perfect cup of tea. What she needs, more than anything, is a manual - exactly the kind she is the expert at writing.

Realising this could be her greatest achievement (for who could be better equipped to write The Household Guide to Dying?) she sets to work. But, in the writing, Delia is forced to confront the ghosts of her past and the events of 14 years previously. There is a journey she needs to make, back to the landscape of her past, and one last vital thing she needs to do.

Hugely original, life affirming and humorous, The Household Guide to Dying illuminates love, loss, family, and the place we call home. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 2/20/2014

    " Very good, a lot better than I thought it would be, considering the subject matter! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nola | 2/5/2014

    " While you may think from the title that you'll spend the whole time crying ... I actually got a lot more laughs, chuckles, and smiles from this book. There were a few places I cried ... but I was supposed to ... so that's okay. Additionally, I really enjoyed the practical aspects ... like how to make the perfect wedding cake or how to shop for a coffin ... as well as the more poetic portions about the beauty of a hen for instance or why laundry is aesthetically important ... or the surprises ... SPOILER ALERT! ... not all slobs are men & I would love to try out her form of guerrilla art. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kylie | 2/2/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book, and read it very quickly. Has some very sad parts, but she is very witty as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary-Lou Stephens | 1/31/2014

    " Some beautiful moments and ideas. I did shed a few tears at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 1/16/2014

    " I just couldn't get into this book, and actually skimmed through the last half. It just went on and on about nothing really and it didn't flow together either. It skipped back and forth between the past and present with no real cohesion. The highlight of the book were the little blurbs to "Dear Delia" at the end of each chapter. Although, again, they were just randomly stuck in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Dunn | 1/15/2014

    " good book, have read a few times.. eggs fresh out of the chook will never be the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fay | 1/2/2014

    " Again 2.5 stars. I was interested in 2/3 of the book, but the 1/3 was extremely boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 1/2/2014

    " This book made me laugh, cry and think. Amazing book, a must read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 12/9/2013

    " This book was very difficult to read in some places. It made me think too much about my own mortality and leaving children behind which was nothing short of depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 12/4/2013

    " There were crucial parts in this story that kept me hanging in there. A very different story to what I thought it was going to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward | 11/24/2013

    " A very good book by an Australian author. It dealt with dying from cancer in an interesting way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janette | 3/20/2013

    " I loved this book - not what I expected at all! I admit I only read it because I was lined up to do a masterclass with the author (which was brilliant BTW!). The title had put me off but I found it redolent with grace, humour and love. And a damn good story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 1/7/2013

    " Loved the different layers of stories. (Apart from the blood sausages episode.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leanne | 10/18/2012

    " Mmmm... this book was okay. A bit strange but great in patches. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marilyn | 7/18/2012

    " Stopped reading after page 150 when the book still hadn't interested me in the least. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 12/20/2011

    " Actually listened to this as an audio book in the car. A interesting approach to a difficult topic...I think best read by someone when healthy, but gives an insight into what a person who is dying would go through. Found the tears rolling down my face as I drove along.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meglet | 6/25/2011

    " I dont know what possessed me to read this book, I think it was way too early. Having started though, I could not stop until I finished. A lovely, if sad book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 5/24/2011

    " So far, it's not living up to the reviews on the cover :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leanne | 4/22/2011

    " Mmmm... this book was okay. A bit strange but great in patches. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 2/4/2011

    " Really good book, but sometimes hard to read. Very real and amazingly accurate for a novel.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janette | 11/22/2010

    " I loved this book - not what I expected at all! I admit I only read it because I was lined up to do a masterclass with the author (which was brilliant BTW!). The title had put me off but I found it redolent with grace, humour and love. And a damn good story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fay | 11/17/2010

    " Again 2.5 stars. I was interested in 2/3 of the book, but the 1/3 was extremely boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/10/2010

    "
    I didn't like the first 25 pages, but this book comes so perfectly full-circle that it is worth it. As lame is this sounds, it is an emotional journey. "

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