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"Matrimony, Inc.: from personal ads to swiping right,

a story of America looking for love'' 

by Francesca Beauman

(Available on October 6, 2020)

Have you ever used a dating app or website? Then you’ve got more in common than you know with lonely homesteaders in 18th century New England. At once heartwarming and heartbreaking, "Matrimony, Inc." unpicks the unifying thread that weaves its way through not just marriage and relationships over the centuries, but American social history itself: advertising for love.

A clever, thoughtful, and funny history that reveals how the Union of states was built on a much more personal union of people.

Previous Books


"How To Wear White:

a pocket book for the bride-to-be"

(Bloomsbury, 2013)


''Shapely Ankle Preferr’d:

a history of the Lonely Hearts advertisement"

(Chatto & Windus, 2011)


"How To Crack An Egg With One Hand:

a pocketbook for the new mother"

(Bloomsbury, 2009)


"The Woman’s Book"

(Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2007)


"The Pineapple:

King of Fruits"

(Chatto & Windus, 2005)