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The Secret Life of Husbands by Melissa Katsoulis

The Secret Life of Husbands

Everything You Need to Know About the Man in Your Life

Melissa Katsoulis

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2 reviews

Imprint: Constable
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 14 May 2019
ISBN: 9781472129932

A journey of discovery about the modern-day husband, The Secret Life of Husbands will tell you everything you need to know about the man in your life.

4 stars out of 5
18 Jul 2019

"the market will always be open for books like this one"

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.

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4 stars out of 5
Helen Rumbelow
18 May 2019

"Here’s a kindly look at a troubled breed"

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.”