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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (27 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099494264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099494263
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As a historian and a storyteller, 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. Lady Worsley's Whim should come with a warning: nothing else in the genre is close to being this good" (Literary Review)

"The story of the Worsley divorce has never been revealed before, and Hallie Rubenhold tells it with panache. Her 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" (Spectator)

"A fabulous story and Rubenhold tells it beautifully" (Daily Telegraph)

"Lady Worsley's Whim takes its subject from a zesty period... Rubenhold is sure-footed in her research... Her special forte is rakes and roués" (Sunday Times)

"Readable new book brings the most shocking divorce case of its day vividly to life" (The Gloss (Ireland))

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'A fabulous story and Rubenhold tells it beautifully' - Daily Telegraph

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By anna on 15 Jan 2010
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A wonderful book. Hallie Rubenhold has skilfully pieced together fragmented evidence to produce a gripping narrative of a dysfunctional marriage. It is as exciting as a novel, with cliff-hanging chapter endings that compel you to read on, the narrative focus shifting back and forth between Lady Worsley and her husband as the complications and antagonisms of this extraordinary marriage smoulder then explode. For that reason, I won't do a 'spoiler' and give away too much.

Ms Rubenhold has a sure grasp of the period in general and an excellent command of all the disparate material relating specifically to her subject matter. The book is meticulously researched and historically sound; where there are gaps in the evidence, speculation is always intelligent, credible and firmly rooted in what is already known. The style is elegant and witty and the whole work beautifully paced, with interesting digressions that never interfere with the main thrust of this amazing narrative. Highly recommended.
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By C. Ball TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Sep 2014
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The Georgian law courts have furnished history with a number of high-profile 'criminal conversation' (adultery) and divorce cases, but few could have been as scandalous and titillating as the case of Worsley v. Bisset. Brought by a minor baronet after his independent-minded and spirited young wife had eloped with her lover, determined to drag both through the courts and ruin his rival, the case engrossed all of England for months, even years. Indeed the interest and gossip spread further afield - even George Washington during the Revolutionary War is known to have purchased a pamphlet on the case.

Of course there is more to the tale than mentioned here, but the full details of the case are best served in the pages of this book, and the final verdict is definitely best left to be discovered! It's a truly enthralling tale, the plot fit for a modern soap opera, and Hallie Rubenhold tells it supremely. I could hardly put this book down.

As a modern woman of course I was entirely on Seymour Worsley's side! I certainly admired her determination to fight back against her neglectful and vengeful husband with all the weapons at her disposal, and one gets the sense Rubenhold does too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Green on 8 Feb 2013
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Being very familiar with Lady Worsley's family home, Harewood, I was fascinated to learn the history of this extraordinary woman, whose portrait I have seen many times. It's a really good read, more like a novel than a biography.
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