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.AG