Published Oct 2014
‘There’s no place like home,’ says Dorothy in Oz. By 1900, this was a cliché, but two centuries before, it would have been incomprehensible. In The Making of Home, Judith Flanders tells the story of how the idea of ‘home’, a special place for families, developed economically, physically and emotionally.
By tracing the development of ordinary items in Northwestern Europe and the USA – of windows, of cutlery, even tables and chairs – Flanders shows how the idea itself was born, dismantling many myths along the way. As full of fascinating detail as her bestselling The Victorian House, this is also a book teeming with original and provocative ideas.