This review is from: The Profligate Son: Or, a True Story of Family Conflict, Fashionable Vice, and Financial Ruin in Regency England (Hardcover)
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There is a tricky line to tread when you are trying to write a scholarly historical book that might also have a broader appeal to those outside of academia.
Probably the most successful example of this in recent years is Amanda Foreman's Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. This was a book, based on excellent scholarship, that captured the imagination and became a worthy best-seller (and a slightly less impressive film)
The Profligate Son displays the same integrity in the scholarship - but it is slightly dryer in terms of literary tone (for all the vices of the central character) and so it is a less engaging read, for my tastes.
You get plenty of detail and lots of period flourishes - but I don't see it as a break-out hit that will capture the imagination of the wider public.
I think it is a good contribution to our understanding of the Regency period - and seen in those terms, it will do well.