1950s Housewife Project

18 October 2012

Photo: my own, scanned from the Coronation Day edition of Queen magazine.

I can finally reveal that the Top Secret Project that I’ve been making occasional oblique references to on here is a commission to write a book about being a housewife in the 1950s. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this project as I love domestic history and also it’s a LOT of fun to research and write. The 1950s were such a fascinating period and I’m really enjoying delving into the influence of the Second World War, America, massively increased home ownership and also more women entering the workplace upon the way they lived their every day lives.

The book is in the form of a guide so I’m trying to keep it both light hearted but also informative – if you read my post about being a 1930s housewife then you’ll probably know what sort of thing to expect!

Photo: my own, scanned from the Coronation Day edition of Queen magazine.

The deadline for handing in the finished piece is the start of February, which is a bit scary as I haven’t had to do anything to a deadline since university! However, now that I’ve packed in my job to write full time, it’s actually working out really well and I’m loving spending my days tapping away on my MacBook, surrounded by piles of books about 1950s history, fashion and decor. I’m currently hunting for vintage magazines too so if anyone knows of a somewhere that has stacks of them for me to peruse as research then please let me know!

Photo: my own, scanned from the Coronation Day edition of Queen magazine.

The only very small down side is that I haven’t as much time to work on the Minette and Cora Mycroft books BUT on the plus side, I’ve been wanting to branch out into non fiction for ages and this means that those of you who have been (gently!) on my case about getting one of my books from an actual shop will be able to do so when it comes out later next year as well as two on Kindle!

Photo: my own, scanned from the Coronation Day edition of Queen magazine.

Anyway, this is all VERY exciting and I really hope you think so too.

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