Melissa Katsoulis is a journalist, and the author of Telling Tales: A History of Literary Hoaxes. Since joining The Times books desk twenty years ago, she has continued to be a regular reviewer for various national newspapers. She divides her time between London, where she lives with her beloved cat (and husband and children), and Greece, where she spends several months each year complaining about the heat, and getting back to her roots by watching telly all day and shouting at dogs.
Her compilation of personal observations and anecdotes from literary and social history aims to help wives to understand their husbands rather than to denigrate them . . . There are some nuggets of sympathy that may be eye-opening to the uninitiated wife . . . There are practical tips mixed in with the more philosophical points . . . the market will always be open for books like this one -- Mary Killen * Spectator * A tender, nostalgic investigation of this vanishing breed . . . the tone is light, chatty and agreeable * The Times *