*** Family Secrets by Deborah Cohen


Family Secrets: Shame and Privacy in Modern Britain traces the evolution of privacy and secrecy in Britain through several examples, nicely researched: adoption and illegitimate births, mixed-race children brought back from India, divorce, disabled children, and homosexuality. The author shows how very liberated Victorians were on many of these topics compared to their children and grandchildren in the early 20th century, and how individuals and families suffered through secrets as well as their exposure beyond the intimate sphere. She shows how privacy is important, even in an era where secrets have been declared to be hurtful. Warmly recommended!

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