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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Mrs Robinson's Disgrace by Kate Summerscale, read by Stephanie Racine. 

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 19th 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. 

©2012 Kate Summerscale (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Chrissie
  • 20-11-20

I liked The Suspicions of Mr Whicher - but

This book would have been much more enjoyable if the narrator had been more engaging. I couldn't finish the book sadly.

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  • charlotte charnick
  • 17-04-20

Not at all what I expected..

..and couldn’t will the life to carry on listening to this miserable woman’s lamenting. Not sure the narrator could do much to improve it. It feels like the life source has been drained out of you...

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  • Julieb
  • 18-12-19

enjoyable.

thoroughly enjoyed this unusual story and a gem from start to finish. great narrator. recommended.

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  • Ladyhawk
  • 04-12-19

Great book

Kate Summerscale is always quite brilliant! Her books are surprising, clever, intricate and carefully planned.