Book of the Year -- The Spectator

Nov 23 2013
Spectator
Jane Ridley

"Deborah Cohen's Family Secrets (Viking) is a thoughtful critique of privacy and the family masking an academic monograph.  It blows apart our patronising attitude towards the Victorian family and argues that secrecy worked as a strategy for dealing with shame and misfortune just as well as today's much-vaunted culture of openness."

http://www.spectator.co.uk/books/books-feature/9080791/a-choice-of-books-of-the-year/