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Tagged With: Kate Summerscale

Using Literature as a Historical Resource

Finding myself unexpectedly stranded at Eastbourne Railway Station I was seduced by a WH Smith’s book promotion of ‘buy one get one half price’.   I gathered up ‘The Soldier’s Wife’ by Joanna Trollope, herself a piece of history as a descendent of the famous 19th century writer Anthony Trollope who was quoted as saying: “What … Continue reading »

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Portraying the Family

I am currently reading Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace – The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady by Kate Summerscale.  It is an investigation into the sad, frustrating and desperate string of events that lead to the very public, and in the 19th century, notorious divorce of Henry and Isabella Robinson. As with Summerscale’s other non-fiction books, … Continue reading »

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