The Curious History of Dating: From Jane Austen to Tinder

The Curious History of Dating: From Jane Austen to Tinder

'A new approach to romance... The heroines of Regency novels could teach today's young women a trick or two' Sunday TimesDating has never been easy. The road to true love has always been rutted with heartbreak, but do we have it any easier today? How did Victorians 'come out'? How did love blossom in war-torn Europe? And why did 80s video-dating never take off?Bursting wit...

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Title:The Curious History of Dating: From Jane Austen to Tinder
Author:Nichi Hodgson
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Edition Language:English

The Curious History of Dating: From Jane Austen to Tinder Reviews

  • Kristi Sawyer

    I really enjoyed this! The POPSugar challenge required me to read a microhistory, and I am glad I chose this one! This gave me a good journey through history in general, looking at social attitudes and leadership, with a specific focus on relationships and dating. It is humorously written and engaging to read.

  • Richard Butchins

    A fascinating insight into dating/mating rituals in the West (primarily the UK). It's a history book and packed with interesting and revealing detail. The author has a breezy and accessible style and makes the subject both compelling and amusing. This would be a great gift or even a good beach read (for those of you that hang about in a horizontal fashion on sand).

  • Kate

    Humorous but lots of editing errors.

  • LC

    Insightful and frightfully amusing. As the author is British, the book has a basis in the culture of her own country. Would love to read similar equivalents of other countries around the world.

  • Dena

    I love a good microhistory, but this was just boring and I never felt compelled to pick it back up after a break and keep reading. On to other books.

  • Magdalena

    This was an ok read.

    Though the tiny bibliography section suggests otherwise, it felt reasonably well researched for a popular history book. However I was massively disappointed with the serious lack of analysis - it was a bit more like reading a basic overview of the situation in any given period/decade without too many references to the past (granted, there were some).

    I also felt it was too all over the place and grew increasingly tired of the constantly repeated 'meanwhile' or 'in the meantime

    This was an ok read.

    Though the tiny bibliography section suggests otherwise, it felt reasonably well researched for a popular history book. However I was massively disappointed with the serious lack of analysis - it was a bit more like reading a basic overview of the situation in any given period/decade without too many references to the past (granted, there were some).

    I also felt it was too all over the place and grew increasingly tired of the constantly repeated 'meanwhile' or 'in the meantime'. I think the book would have benefitted tremendously from a different structure. Rather than trying to do it chronologically (a concept I was quite a fan of at first), perhaps it should have focused on themes, such as marriage, sex, contraception and abortion, LGBT+, women's rights and so on. That would have allowed for more in depth exploration of the topics that ended up glaringly disjointed when approached separately in every chapter.

    Overall it was worth the 99p I paid for it but I'm glad I didn't spend more.

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