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Mrs Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady (Paperback)
  • Mrs Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady (Paperback)

Mrs Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady (Paperback)

Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 14/03/2013
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When the married Isabella Robinson was introduced to the dashing Edward Lane at a party in 1850, she was utterly enchanted. He was `fascinating', she told her diary, before chastising herself for being so susceptible to a man's charms. But a wish had taken hold of her, and she was to find it hard to shake... In one of the most notorious divorce cases of the nineteenth century, Isabella Robinson's scandalous secrets were exposed to the world. Kate Summerscale brings vividly to life a frustrated Victorian wife's longing for passion and learning, companionship and love, in a society clinging to rigid ideas about marriage and female sexuality.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408831243
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 226 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm

Simply superb -- Alexandra Harris * Guardian *
Extraordinary -- Phillipa Gregory * Daily Telegraph *
Like her previous book, I was hooked after the first few pages. It's as good as non-fiction could possibly get -- Victoria Hislop * Daily Mail *
Grippingly suspenseful ... Mrs Robinson's Disgrace displays a scalpel-sharp investigative mind, and it vividly conveys the immediate surroundings of the case, from the stench of the polluted Thames infiltrating Westminster Hall to the degradations of Victorian marriage, as evidenced in contemporary divorce cases -- John Carey * Sunday Times *
Summerscale strikes nonfiction gold for the third time -- Daneet Steffens * Independent on Sunday *
Summerscale's brilliance lies not only in recognising the power of a particular story, but in charting, with beautiful precision, its strange echoes and reverberations -- Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday *
I'm all admiration: she has turned a sepia photograph, curling and tattered, into a film that runs through the mind in glorious and unimpeachable Technicolor -- Rachel Cooke * Observer *
Mesmerising -- Boyd Tonkin * Independent *
Told with dazzling detail and exquisite tenderness, this non-fiction tale reads like a perfect novel * Elle Magazine *
Utterly engrossing -- Fanny Blake * Woman & Home *
Riveting * Metro *
Absorbing ... a rich and puzzled book -- Philip Hensher * Spectator *
Summerscale puts this peculiar case in a wonderfully rich context of fads of the day ... Her courtroom reconstructions are vivid and enthralling, her research is impeccable and her narration coolly authoritative as she draws together what was happening around her subject and makes Mrs Robinson's volatile state of mind much more explicable -- Claire Harman * Evening Standard *
Fascinating * New York Times Book Review *
Marvellous * Vogue *
A gripping account of Victorian wife Isabella Robinson and her cause celebre divorce trial * Harper's Bazaar *
Meticulously researched -- Maggie Shipstead * New York Times *
Sensational -- Vicky Allen * Glasgow Herald *
Kate Summerscale has a knack for rescuing Victorian histories from obscurity and turning them into the most comprehensive books you're likely to find in any non-fiction section ... Thought-provoking stuff from a writer who, in putting the past in the dock, teaches us about who we are now -- Chitra Ramaswamy * Scotsman *
Moving, compelling and brilliantly executed * Dan Jones, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year *

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“A fascinating view of a Victorian woman's life”

Kate Summerscale examines the often problematic nature of Victorian middle-class marriage by examining women's marital rights through the prism of one notorious divorce case. Isabella Robinson kept a daily diary... More

Hardback edition
23rd May 2012
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“Mrs Robinson's Disgrace”

I wonder if students would be able to quote from this book for English coursework. I think they could. The book itself feels like a narrative essay, as it both tells the story of Mrs Robinson but also explains a lot... More

Hardback edition
6th August 2012
Helpful? Upvote 49

“Innovative and meticulously researched”

Blurring the boundaries between fact and fiction, this book is informative about not only the evolution of the legal system but how literary styles developed during the 19th century.
Surprisingly for such a... More

Hardback edition
3rd June 2012
Helpful? Upvote 45

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