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Barbara Toner is a writer and journalist who has written extensively about family life in books (both fiction and non-fiction) and newspaper columns. She is perhaps best-known as the author of A Mother’s Guide to Life and A Mother’s Guide to Husbands, based on her long-running column in the Mail on Sunday YOU magazine. Barbara also wrote an ironic news column for the Guardian, and was the author of a fictional weekly column, Tales from Tessa Wood, in Woman magazine.
Barbara is married with three daughters and divides her time between homes in London and Australia so knows all about the juggling acts demanded by everyday modern life.
Click here to read Barbara Toner's top 10 tips for managing your time.
Written in an easy friendly style, a comprehensive – to say the least – guide to what to about everything in the house (or flat). DIY or get the experts in? DIY or get someone else to do it? As with packed school lunches, basic information is given but Barbara Toner recommends getting the children making their own as soon as possible – as soon as they’ve made their own bed that is. I’ve spent an entertaining hour trying to think up household disaster scenarios to catch out Ms Toner but I haven’t succeeded – this really is What to Do About Everything. Click here to read Barbara Toner's top 10 tips for managing your time. Like for Like ReadingThe Art of Good HousekeepingMrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management (Abridged)
A charming and witty novel, set in a small country town in 1919. 'When Adelaide Nightingale, Louisa Worthington, Maggie O'Connell and Pearl McCleary threw caution to the winds in the most brazen way imaginable, disgrace was bound to follow.'It's September 1919. The war is over, and everyone who was going to die from the flu has done so. But there's a shortage of husbands and women in strife will flounder without a male to act on their behalf.And in the southern New South Wales town of Prospect, four ladies bereft of men have problems that threaten to overwhelm them.Beautiful Louisa Worthington, whose dashing husband died for King and Country, is being ruined by the debts he left behind. Young Maggie O'Connell, who lost her mother in childbirth and her father to a redhead, is raising her two wayward brothers and fighting for land she can't prove is hers.Adelaide Nightingale has a husband, but he's returned from the war in a rage and is refusing to tackle the thieving manager of their famous family store.Pearl McCleary, Adelaide's new housekeeper, must find her missing fianc, before it's too late and someone dies.Thank God these desperate ladies have a solution: a part-time husband who will rescue them all. To find him, they'll advertise. To afford him, they'll share . . .'Hilarious' Marie Claire'A light, funny, warm-hearted read' Books + Publishing