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Sex Tips For Husbands and Wives from 1894

Author: Ruth Smythers

Price: £3.50

Dimensions: 70 x 113 mm

Number of pages: 72

ISBN: 9781840247022

Publication Date: 1st September 2008

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In 1894, Ruth Smythers, ‘Beloved wife of The Reverend L. D. Smythers’, wrote:

‘While sex is at best revolting and at worse rather painful, it has to be endured... One cardinal rule of marriage should never be forgotten: give little, give seldom and, above all, give grudgingly… Most men are by nature rather perverted, and if given half a chance, would engage in quite a variety of the most revolting practices.’

The Methodist wife didn’t intend to be amusing, but this brief treatise written for young brides is side-splitting today and an eye-opener to how mores have changed in just over a century.

Includes essential advice on:

• how to discourage your spouse’s amorous advances

• appropriate night-wear for the wedded couple

• the acceptable length and frequency of unavoidable sexual encounters



Wigan Evening Post, November 8th 2008

‘What might have been sound advice in the late 19th century provides side-splitting giggles now.’

Forum magazine, January 2009

‘plenty of wry chuckles... For a bargain three pounds, this is the ideal present for the aspiring celibate.’

Featured in:

Featured in The Sun, 21st October 2008; Desire Magazine, November 08; and Wedding magazine, Jan-March 09 issue

Lancashire Evening Post, 1st November 2008

‘a thoroughly entertaining and hilarious gift sure to cause much merriment.’

Lancashire Evening Post, 9th November 2008

‘provides side-splitting giggles… proof indeed that our sexual attitudes have changed drastically over the last century.’

Rotherham Advertiser, 7th November 2008

‘gems found in this amusing pocket-sized self-help guide.’

St Cristopher’s Inns e-zine, November 2008

‘This nineteenth century prudish approach to sex is akin to something you might see in a Little Britain sketch, which makes it alright by me.’

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