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  Mrs Beeton 14 Oct 2005  
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The original domestic goddess

The life of Mrs Beeton - a household name for generations - was masked by the delicacies of the Victorians and the commercial desires of her publishers.

Martha talks to Kathryn Hughes, whose new biography shines a light into the chasm that lay between Mrs Beeton's public and private life.

The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton by Kathryn Hughes, Fourth Estate Ltd, ISBN 1841153737.

BBC History: Isabella Beeton (1836 - 1865)
Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management (online version)


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