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Ungovernable

The Victorian Parent's Guide to Raising Flawless Children
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From the author of the "hysterically funny and unsettlingly fascinating"* New York Times best seller Unmentionable, a hilarious illustrated guide to the secrets of Victorian child-rearing [*Jenny Lawson]

Feminist historian Therese Oneill is back, to educate you on what to expect when you're expecting...a Victorian baby! In Ungovernable, Oneill conducts an unforgettable tour through the backward, pseudoscientific, downright bizarre parenting fashions of the Victorians, advising us on:

  • How to be sure you're not too ugly, sickly, or stupid to breed
  • What positions and room decor will help you conceive a son
  • How much beer, wine, cyanide, and heroin to consume while pregnant
  • How to select the best peasant teat for your child
  • Which foods won't turn your children into sexual deviants
  • And so much more

Endlessly surprising, wickedly funny, and filled with juicy historical tidbits and images, Ungovernable provides much-needed perspective on - and comic relief from - the age-old struggle to bring up baby.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Therese Oneill (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"It's hard to imagine a woman - or a teenage girl - who won't love this book." (Washington Post)

"Flat-out hysterical (and occasionally alarming)...Read it and be very, very glad you're a woman of modern times." (Good Housekeeping)

"Unmentionable transports us back to the world of middle-class 19th-century women, with special emphasis on the messy details that costume dramas airbrush out.... With a 4-year-old's scatological glee, Oneill details the logistics of old-time peeing, pooping, gestating, menstruating and mating... Oneill has dug up some lovely tidbits from the dustbin of history." (New York Times)

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  • M. Huber
  • 21-05-19

Unexpected and Hilarious

The conversational style this book uses was rather unexpected, but really pleasant. It also has quite a few hilarious quips that made me snicker loudly at my desk.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-19

I've been waiting So long for this!!!

I listen to this audiobook all in one sitting! I have been waiting for this sentence I read the book unmentionable! this is definitely one of my absolute favorite audiobooks that I have ever listened to. I highly recommend Therese Oneill and her amazing narrators! if you haven't already check out the proceeding book unmentionable! It's even More enthralling!

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  • Ashley Reedman
  • 11-11-19

Not as good as its predecessor

It might be because much of what was in this book isn't as surprising as one would think after learning about women's daily life in Unmentionable, but this book didn't quite have the hold on me that Unmentionable had. Still, I'd recommend this to anyone interested in the psychology behind childbearing and childrearing, and the unique way in which it is told lends more to this audible entry than most books of this type. And, the author, as before, does a good job of taking you out of contemporary thought and into the mind of a Victorian, bringing you to appreciate the difference of how you think you would feel, and how you would truly, actually feel as a true-as-blood Victorian.

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  • Sean O.
  • 25-11-19

Great style, content, and reader

Really love how the conversational style of the author is delivered by the reader. Both do a great job and this audiobook is worth your time.. The author digs up forgotten information and brings it back into the light. Fascinating stuff!

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  • Marisa Williams
  • 25-08-19

great fact based information

I love learning about the Victoian era and this was very informative. Wonderful tongue in cheek humour regarding raising children in the 1800's. Well read by the main character, I loved it! The "worried mother" narrative came across as annoying. My favorite part was learning about the ASPCA involvement with child protection.

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