the well-informed literary reviewer Melissa Katsoulis has decided to join in the debate about men as social stereotypes in her addition to the husband-lit canon. Her compilation of personal observations and anecdotes from literary and social history aims to help wives to understand their husbands rather than to denigrate them. Henry Kissinger once quipped that no one will ever win the battle of the sexes because there is too much fraternising with the enemy. This book suggests that, in the modern era, it may be time for a ceasefire.
Instead Melissa Katsoulis, a journalist, has written something rather shocking: a tender, nostalgic investigation of this vanishing breed through a series of essays on topics such as “Husbands in the kitchen” or “Husbands and their friends”, with some good jokes thrown in. The cover is a vintage illustration of 1950s man at home: the tone is light, chatty and agreeable; the literary quotes old-school. I loved Robert Mitchum’s proposal to his wife: “Stick with me, kid, and you’ll be farting through silk.”