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Deborah Ross is an award-winning columnist and interviewer for the Independent and Spectator who has recently been poached for a huge transfer fee by the Daily Mail. She lives in north London with her partner and son who have never been any support whatsoever, but that is the cross she has to bear. She is a heroine to slobs, slackers and idlers everywhere.
An antidote to all those programmes and books about how to make your home look like the pages of a style magazine or how you must look immaculate while juggling 3 kids, housework and a job. Suddenly the women that find themselves constantly trying to live up to this perfect lifestyle can throw off the guilt and discover they are not alone. In fact there is a club devoted to the “Non-Domestic Goddess” and its members are increasing! This hilarious book based on Deborah Ross’s newspaper column is a welcome reprieve from the “goddesses” who want to save us from our slovenly ways. To find out more about Always Go to Bed on an Argument, click here.
The only excellence of falsehood... is its resemblance to truth, proclaims a clergyman in Charlotte Lennox's The Female Quixote. He argues that romances are bad art; novels, he implies, are better. This clergyman's remarks -- repeating what literary and moral authorities had been saying since the late seventeenth century -- are central to Deborah Ross's discussion of romance characteristics in English women's novels. Aphra Behn, Delariviere Manley, Eliza Haywood, Charlotte Lennox, Fanny Burney, Ann Radcliffe, and Jane Austen did not take the clergyman's advice to heart. To them, the falsehood of romance was by no means self-evident, nor was the superior excellence of the novel. In theory, many of them accepted the distinction, but their works combined aspects of the romance and the novel in ways that brought them into conflict with the critical establishment. The texts discussed here illustrate a process of development both in the novel and in the conditions of women's lives. Tensions between romance and realism enabled women writers to question official versions of reality and to measure life against a romance ideal. By altering readers' perceptions and judgments, these authors gradually altered the reality that novels resemble and set up new combinations of romance and realism for future writers. This give-and-take between fiction and life is seen most dramatically in the way a romantic notion gradually comes to be treated in novels as both real and right. Ross follows one such notion -- that women have matrimonial preferences -- to the point where romance and reality merge. Ross's study brings to light an important part of the history of the novel not yet incorporated in theories and histories of the genre.