The Household Guide To Dying

By Alison June 27, 2008 5 Comments 2 Min Read


I am irrationally excited about a book that could potentially be both devastating and wonderful at the same time. Although it hasn’t landed on my doormat yet, the Amazon review makes it sound like the ideal partner for a snuggly weekend of doing nothing other than getting lost in someones else’s world…

"A brilliantly moving and darkly comic novel, which charts the attempts of dying heroine Delia — a modern day Mrs Beeton — to prepare her family for the future and lay to rest a ghost from her past. Inspired by her heroine, Isabella Beeton, Delia has made a living writing a series of hugely successful modern household guides, as well as an acerbic domestic advice column. As the book opens, she is not yet forty, but has only a short time to live. She is preoccupied with how to prepare herself and her family for death, from writing exhaustive lists to teaching her young daughters how to make a perfect cup of tea. What she needs, more than anything, is a manual — exactly the kind she is the expert at writing. Realising this could be her greatest achievement (for who could be better equipped to write The Household Guide to Dying?) she sets to work. But, in the writing, Delia is forced to confront the ghosts of her past, and the events of fourteen years previously. There is a journey she needs to make, back to the landscape of her past, and one last vital thing she needs to do.Hugely original, life affirming and humorous, The Household Guide to Dying illuminates love, loss, family and the place we call home..."

I’ll let you know if The Household Guide To Dying is as heartbreakingly wonderful as it sounds when I’m done…


  1. Vee~A Haven for Vee says:

    Ohhh, that one sounds like trouble. I'll stock up on Kleenex in advance. Do let us know!

  2. Anita says:

    Oh! It sounds fabulous! Can’t wait to hear YOUR review! 🙂

  3. Celene says:

    I can’t cry and read at the same time so I’m gonna have to rely on your book review of this one. Enjoy! God Bless, Celene

  4. Buffy says:

    Please do review the book when you have finished, it sounds intriging.

  5. doris schofield says:

    Sorry everyone but I’ve just read this book and its one of the most badly written novels on which I’ve wasted my money. It is cloyingly sentimental and just plain silly. I suspect I was misled by the publisher’s hype. My verdict – save your money and buy something else.

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