Clean: An Unsanitised History of Washing

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The only possible complaint about Ashenburg's exceptionally enjoyable book is that, being beautifully designed and illustrated, it is not suitable for reading in the bath (John Carey The Sunday Times)

Thought provoking, charming and great fodder for dinner-party chat, this is a memorable read (Time Out)

This is a sparkling, discursive and witty history: good, clean fun (Cressida Connolly New Statesman)

[T]errific history of personal hygiene ... A wonderfully interesting and amusing book (Daily Mail)

Here is a splendid history of the amazingly different attitudes that various civilisations have taken towards water (Nicholas Bagnall Sunday Telegraph 2009-03-22)

Awash with smart allusions...absorbing on Roman water-heating or Victorian soap, this finely-illustrated survey turns on a foaming jacuzzi for the mind (Boyd Tonkin The Independent 2009-03-27)

An entertaining book that really does belong in the bathroom (Claire Allfree Metro 2009-03-26)

Clean takes you on a fast-paced journey that confronts our own obsession with cleanliness, gives insight into cultural differences and charts the wonderful history of human hygine. It's a refreshing home spa for the brain. (Elle Decoration Magazine, South Africa 2009-12-01)

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'I return to Paris in five days. Stop washing.' So wrote Napoleon to Josephine in an age when body odour was considered an aphrodisiac. In stark contrast, the Romans used to bath for hours each day. Ashenburg's investigation of history's ambivalence towards personal hygiene takes her through plague-ridden streets, hospitals and battlefields. From the bizarre prescriptions of doctors to the eccentricities of famous bathers, she presents us with all the twists and turns that have led us to our own, arbitrary notion of 'clean'.

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Verlag: Profile Books, 2008
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