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The House Rules Book

or How to Survive Living Together

By Francesca Leung

  • Hardback
  • £7.99

Why can't the people we live with do things the way we want! With this book for you to write down your house rules, from filling in your preferred shade of tea or coffee to laying down the law on how the toilet paper should hang, there's no reason for them to get it wrong ever again.

Why can't the people we live with do things the way we want! With this book for you to write down your house rules, from filling in your preferred shade of tea or coffee to laying down the law on how the toilet paper should hang, there's no reason for them to get it wrong ever again.

Everyone knows someone who argues about chores or the correct way to stack the dishwasher. And everyone has their pet hates they wish the rest of their household would just stop.

So simply fill in this book of charts - to be kept as a holy Bible for maintaining peace in the household and make everyone's lives better.

Living together isn't easy, but at least with this book you can have a laugh about it, though we take no responsibility for any disputes or arguments that might arise from using it.

Biographical Notes

Francesca Leung works in editorial, writes books and has written for Wallpaper*, Time Out London, ES magazine and ShortList. She also draws comics and her design work has been exhibited at the V&A museum.

Her favourite things are pirates, Batman® and cake, and she spends her spare time playing Assassin's Creed® or losing at mahjong. She makes the best cup of tea in the world, according to herself.

You would not want to live with her.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781846015045
  • Publication date: 03 Sep 2015
  • Page count: 96
  • Imprint: Spruce

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