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Aunt Epp's Guide for Life: Miscellaneous Musings of a Victorian Lady

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Engaging, frank and utterly delightful—the irresistible compilation of one forthright Victorian ladys opinions and sage advice on every conceivable subject.

Adultery, bunions, evolution and garlic: these are just a few of the topics that Christopher Rushs great-great aunt Elspeth Marr expounded upon in a series of lifelong musings that were shockingly frank and progressive for her time. Born in 1871, Elspeth Marr was married but childless (perhaps by choice) and lived in the Kingdom of Fife, Scotland. Throughout her lifetime, she wrote copious letters and notes to an unnamed "young girl" about the nuts and bolts of life, as well as her views on more worldly matters. Never meant for publication, these notes languished in obscurity until Christopher Rushs mother discovered them in a small brown suitcase long after his great-great aunt Epp passed away.

Sassy and opinionated, Aunt Epp was not afraid to voice her views and give her advice on topics ranging from adultery to wrinkles, God to genitals. In a time when mentioning such things would have been deemed unladylike and improper, Aunt Epp left nothing unsaid. Full of wit and erudition, not to mention homespun herbal remedies and witty verse, now Aunt Epps timeless wisdom can be shared and enjoyed by everyone.

Aches and Pains Make a marinade out of half a dozen big heads of garlic and a pint of brandy, and keep it to hand. Drink a teaspoon of this as soon as you wake and immediately after your quick cold bath. This is a good way to oil yourself into the day and is a great remedy for ancient or aching bones. Once you have gone the way of all the earth, your brandied and be-garlicked bones will do the earth a power of good, and you will be at peace together. Diaries Maintain a diary all your days. A diary is a doorway to a second life, running parallel to the one you live, and produces even a third life, for by recording the days events, you preserve the days like berries. Golfers Never marry one. The golfer is extinct from his waist downwards and from his neck upwards, the main portion of him being concerned with placing his shot in the hole as fast as possible. Precision, not passion, characterises the golfer. A most uninteresting specimen, with a colossal lack of soul. Respect

This is what you owe to the living: to the dead you owe only truth.

 

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Newly discovered and compiled, this text presents a Victorian woman's humorous musings on the fundamental topics of life as well as the nuts and bolts of everday living.

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Unabridged Chick, July 13, 2011 (view all comments by Unabridged Chick)
This delicious little book is the collected wisdom of a Mrs Elspeth Marr, a Victorian wife writing for an unknown female. The advice is shockingly modern, wickedly funny, and very practical. I mean, the woman suggests sex as a cure for insomnia! (Unless one is unmarried. Then she suggests onions.)

Books like this are a lovely reminder that free thinkers have always been around, that women -- regardless of era -- possess great wisdom, and humans always suffer sleepless nights!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439180501
Author:
Marr, Elspeth
Publisher:
Atria Books
Editor:
Rush, Christopher
Author:
Rush, Christopher
Subject:
General
Subject:
Letters
Subject:
Personal & Practical Guides
Subject:
General Reference
Subject:
Reference - General
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in 8.645 oz

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