The Household Guide to Dying by Debra Adelaide

About the book

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.

Review by Denmead Reading Group:

Loved every bit of this book – best this year – plot, language, humour, subject all wonderful.

4 stars out of 5

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2 thoughts on “The Household Guide to Dying by Debra Adelaide”

  1. Review by The Accidental Book Group
    A good book club book. Generated interesting discussions and converations. Stimulating.
    Star rating: **


  2. Fareham 5:30 Reading Group members were divided about this book – more so than with any other we’ve read – a “Marmite” book. The book weaves together the story of a lady with terminal cancer trying to tie up an imporatnt “loose end” in her life, interspersed with her writing og a Guiode to Dying – a book that contunes the Household Guides she has been writing sucessfully for many years. Most of us found that the “loose end” story was what made us want to read on to find out the resolution. There were some enjoyable small scenes such as her chickens and links to Mrs Bennett of Pride & Prejudice. But the book’s attempt to describe imminent death in a light way, with a “poetic end”, jarred with some of us. In the author notes she explains she did little research for the book, and it shows – we don’t think she talked to people who were dying. We recognise she wasn’t trying to write a reference book on the subject. Some of us gave the book 0 stars, the others 3-4.


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