‘Deliciously lurid’ Sunday Times
The Sunday Times bestselling author of The Five exposes the divorce that scandalised Georgian England.
She was a spirited young heiress. He was a handsome baronet with a promising career in government.
Their marriage had the makings of a fairy tale but ended as one of the most salacious and highly publicised divorces in history.
For over two hundred years the story of Lady Worsley, her vengeful husband, and her lover, George Maurice Bisset, lay forgotten. Now Hallie Rubenhold throws open a window to a rarely seen view of Georgian England, one coloured by passion, adventure and the defiance of social convention.
Originally published with the title Lady Worsley's Whim.
A fabulous story and Rubenhold tells it beautifully
Hallie Rubenhold is in a league of her own. She keeps you glued to the very last page when, exhausted, exasperated and elated, you can at last put the book down and get yourself some sleep.... Nothing else in the genre is close to being this good
Hallie Rubenhold's account of the elopement is gripping but this is far more than an 18th-century bodice-ripper. Rubenhold combines narrative skill with historical expertise, and she traces the knife-edge that women walked between social success and public disgrace with subtlety and assurance
A well-researched account... Highly diverting tale
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The author of The Five explains why she wanted to tell the story of Jack the Ripper's victims, her love of a late-night library trip and which other writers she most admires.
Jack the Ripper is famous for brutally murdering five women in East London. But what about the women themselves? Time and time again women have taken a backseat in their own narratives, but historian Hallie Rubenhold wants to set the record straight and give the female victims back their voices.