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The Secret Life of Husbands

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781472129925

Price: £8.99

ON SALE: 24th September 2020

Genre: Health & Personal Development

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‘Tender [and] nostalgic’ The Times

What’s married life like from the man’s point of view?
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Now, with masculinity in crisis (again), it’s more important than ever to understand the secret lives of husbands. Couldn’t our relationships be better navigated if we listened, impartially, to how the world looks from inside a man’s head? Do they feel sad at the thought of never falling in love again? Would they ever admit that their partner’s cooking is worse than their mother’s?

Melissa Katsoulis’s mission is not to find the perfect husband, or the worst. It’s about talking to married men and understanding their world. We are inundated with statistical research about gender and domestic politics but it doesn’t tell us how things really feel to real men. Through interviews with ordinary men, experts and imaginary Greek gods, Melissa will uncover everything you need to know about the man in your life.

From a whistle-stop tour of husbands through history to husbands in the nursery, husbands on holiday, husbands in the kitchen and husbands of a certain age, The Secret Life of Husbands is a warm and witty journey of discovery about the modern-day husband.


A tender, nostalgic investigation of this vanishing breed . . . the tone is light, chatty and agreeable
The Times
Her compilation of personal observations and anecdotes from literary and social history aims to help wives to understand their husbands rather than to denigrate them . . . There are some nuggets of sympathy that may be eye-opening to the uninitiated wife . . . There are practical tips mixed in with the more philosophical points . . . the market will always be open for books like this one
Mary Killen, Spectator