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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Housewife Superstar: the Very Best of Marjorie Bligh by Danielle Wood

This biography introduces you to Tasmania’s very own domestic goddess, the bright and charming Marjorie Bligh; the rumoured source of Barry Humphries’ much loved character Dame Edna Everage. Danielle Wood takes you on a tour of the highs and lows of Bligh’s life. Three times married and a lover of  all things domestic, her skill and resourcefulness makes her a lovable and entertaining figure.  A ferocious competitor in local agricultural shows, her blue ribbon skills lead her to becoming an advice columnist in the local Launceston  paper.  Bligh went on to publish several  books of advice,  recipes and household management.
Bligh is an impressive character and you cannot help but love her as you learn of the colourful life she lead.  Never one to sit still and waste time,  she found a way to knit while breastfeeding her children.  Having grown up in the Great Depression,  Bligh never wasted household items and her crocheted rug and matching outfit made out of old pantyhose is a testament to that.  The book is littered with hints from Bligh’s advice books and I recently taped slices of garlic to my feet to ward off a cold on her advice. Who knows if Bligh’s eccentric advice worked but like the book it was very amusing.
Though the book never resolves whether Bligh was the basis of Dame Edna,  Household Superstar is a highly satisfactory read.  This entertaining and informative book is a resource to  all those interested in Australian historical characters and household resourcefulness.

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