Christina Hardyment

Christina Hardyment (born 1946)[1] is a British writer who has written on a wide range of subjects including parenting, food, gardens, children's books, domestic life, and British history.[2]

Christina Hardyment
NationalityUnited Kingdom
EducationNewnham College, Cambridge
Occupationauthor, journalist
Spouse(s)Tom Griffith (1969-1991 div.)
Children4 daughters

Personal lifeEdit

Hardyment lived mainly in England, save for a few years in South Africa, from 1951 to 1953. After completing university, she learned that her father was Norwegian writer and soldier Eiliv Odde Hauge, which led her to contact her Norwegian relatives and establish connections.[1] She married Tom Griffith in 1969. They had four daughters, and now many grandchildren. Though on good terms, they divorced in 1991.

Hardyment is the author of numerous books on social history and literature. In 2015 she edited a new food anthology, The Pleasures of the Table.[3] She is a journalist and occasionally writes book reviews. Her most recent book is about the River Thames in literature in history, Writing the Thames, published in 2016.

She lives in Oxford and enjoys sailing on the River Thames.[1]


  • 1983: Dream Babies: child care from Locke to Spock London: Cape
  • 1984: Arthur Ransome and Captain Flint's Trunk London: Jonathan Cape ISBN 0224029894
  • 1988: From Mangle to Microwave: the mechanization of household work Cambridge: Polity Press
  • 1992: Home Comfort: A History of Domestic Arrangements London: Viking and the National Trust ISBN 0670823651
  • 1995: Slice of Life: the British way of Eating Since 1945, London: BBC Books ISBN 0563370874
  • 2005: Malory : the knight who became King Arthur's chronicler London: HarperCollins ISBN 9780060935290
  • 2010: University of Oxford: The Official Guide, University of Oxford, ISBN 978-0956624406
  • 2012: Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands London: British Library ISBN 9780712358743
  • 2015: Pleasures of the Table London: British Library
  • 2016: Writing the Thames, Bodleian Library ISBN 978-1851244508


  1. ^ a b c "Author and Journalist". Christina Hardyment. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Author and Journalist: Books". Christina Hardyment. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Christina Hardyment Interviewed by Donald Sloan - Pleasures of the Table - A Literary Anthology". Oxford Literary Festival. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.