In this entertaining collection there are sisters ranging from the loving Bronts to the scrapping Mitfords (who could never remember who was in and who was out of favour), to the Pankhursts (who fought for women's suffrage only to fall out with each other), to sisters of Lenin and Hitler, and of Kings and Queens. There are sisters whose job it is to compete with each other, such as Venus and Serena Williams. 'It wasn't fun eliminating my little sister, but I have to be tough', said Venus.
A Lewis Carroll poem says, 'never stew your sister'. If cooking her isn't allowed, what is the worst thing you can do to your sister? If you want to make sure she'll never forgive you, pinch her man or borrow her clothes.
Is love blind-or does Cupid calculate? Luisa Dillner, a medical doctor and the entertaining "Love by Numbers" columnist for London's Guardian newspaper, sifts through the latest scientific research to answer the questions of the lovelorn and the love crazy alike. She tackles perennial matters of the heart, such as:
- Which pickup lines work the best?
- Do gentlemen prefer blondes?
- How do I know she's "the one"?
- How can I get my boyfriend to stop flirting and start taking out the trash?
- Are office romances doomed?
- What's the best way to mend a broken heart?
- Will any couple ever be able to avoid arguing in the car?
For those curious about the chances of tempting someone to leave a spouse (50 percent of those approached take the bait) or if Web romances bloom in the spring (the peak times for online love are actually January, February, and September), Dillner is the perfect--and amusing--guide to the science of living happily ever after.