The Curious History of Dating
From Jane Austen to Tinder
By Nichi Hodgson
What if Mr Darcy had simply been able to swipe right?
A light-hearted, intimate but informative history of dating, from Jane Austen to Tinder
'A new approach to romance... The heroines of Regency novels could teach today's young women a trick or two' Sunday Times
Dating has never been easy. The road to true love has always been rutted with heartbreak, but do we have it any easier today?
How did Victorians 'come out'? How did love blossom in war-torn Europe? And why did 80s video-dating never take off?
Bursting with little-known facts and tantalizing tales of lovelorn men and besotted women, Nichi Hodgson's intriguing history of amorous relationships, from enamoured Georgians to frenziedly swiping millennials (and everyone in between) may leave you grateful that you live - and love - today.
Nichi Hodgson is a 32-old-year journalist, broadcaster, and author living in London. She regularly contributes to the Guardian, Vice, and the Telegraph on civil liberties and censorship issues, sex and the law, and gender politics. She has spoken on Woman's Hour about lust and her documentary on porn ethics was broadcast on Radio 4. She writes for US women's mag Bustle.com on US politics, social policy, and health, and was for some time the Men's Health Sexual Adventurer columnist. Nichi was one of the first British journalists to court-report via Twitter, and is cited in Wikipedia for her coverage of the 2012 obscenity trial, R v Peacock. Nichi is a regular commentator on BBC Radio 2's The Jeremy Vine Show, and on BBC Radio 5 Live. She reviews the papers and comments regularly for Sky News, and makes frequent appearances in TV documentaries and debates on sex, porn and society. Her first book, Bound To You, detailing her time as a professional dominatrix and personal submissive, was published by Hodder. Nichi is also the Director of the Ethical Porn Partnership.
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26 Jan 2017
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Anyone who has negotiated the thrills of the chase for romance will smile with recognition and sigh in sympathy while reading this entertaining and well-researched history. — The Lady
Hodgson covers a lot of ground in 234 pages - this is a pacey, intelligent and authoritative account with bags of wit. — LawGazette.co.uk
Nichi Hodgson takes you on a whistle-stop tour of dating through history — historyextra.com