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  • Published: 5 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9780241958056
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes

The Story of Women in the 1950s




The 1950s - a time before the Pill, when divorce spelled scandal and two-piece swimsuits caused mass alarm

Turn the page back to the mid-twentieth century, and discover a world peopled by women with radiant smiles, clean pinafores and gleaming coiffures; a promised land of batch-baking, maraschino cherries and brightly hued plastic. A world where the darker side of the decade encompasses rampant prostitution, a notorious murder, and the threat of nuclear disaster.

In Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes Virginia Nicholson reconstructs the real 1950s, through the eyes of the women who lived it. Step back in time to where our grandmothers scrubbed their doorsteps, cared for their families, lived, laughed, loved and struggled.

This is their story.

  • Pub date: 5 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9780241958056
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the Author

Virginia Nicholson

Virginia Nicholson was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. After studying at Cambridge University she lived in France and Italy and then worked as a documentary researcher for BBC Television. Her first book, Charleston - A Bloomsbury House and Garden (written in collaboration with her father, Quentin Bell), was an account of the Sussex home of her grandmother, the painter Vanessa Bell.
Books published by Penguin include Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900-1939 and Singled Out: How Two Million Women Survived without Men After the First World War. She is married and has three children.

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