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Seeking Love in Modern Britain by Zoe Strimpel (University of Sussex, UK)

Seeking Love in Modern Britain: Gender, Dating and the Rise of 'the Single'

Zoe Strimpel (University of Sussex, UK)

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Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 5 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781350099395
5 stars out of 5
Tim Stanley
13 May 2020

"Strimpel’s empathy illuminates her book, making her academic prose also very human"

Seeking Love in Modern Britain is an intelligent history of the dating industry between 1970 and 2000 – post sexual revolution and pre-internet – that makes you rethink the way we get what we want (or don’t). Be warned: this is a serious piece of social history and not written in layman’s language. Casual readers might find sections of it difficult to navigate, but I think it adds to the book’s charm. It’s like watching Love Island in the company of Michel Foucault. Zoe Strimpel suggests that our understanding of the history of relationships is skewed by a narrow focus on the data for sex and marriage.