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The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton Hardcover – 19 Jul 2012

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Preface Publishing; First Edition, First Impression edition (19 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848093012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848093010
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.1 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The liberating life story of the first feminist legislator" (Kathy Lette)

"Diane Atkinson has written the definitive account of one of the most important trials of the nineteenth century - that of Caroline Norton's fight to keep her children. The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton is an important and necessary book. It also happens to be beautifully written and extremely entertaining. Diane Atkinson has resurrected a nineteenth century heroine in the twentieth-first century." (Amanda Foreman)

"Caroline Norton took her fight to see her children to the highest court in the land and changed the lot of mothers for ever. Diane Atkinson tells her story with a clarity and wit that makes it a pleasure to read." (Joan Bakewell)

"Expertly researched and finely written... Mrs Norton’s journey from abused wife to passionate reformer is as moving as it is fascinating, and Atkinson’s richly detailed work does her subject the justice she deserves." (BBC History Magazine)

"Diane Atkinson’s captivating fifth book...pacy book that’s as bright and fascinating as its heroine." (Independent on Sunday)

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Caroline Norton, born in 1808, was a society beauty, wit, poet, pamphleteer and blue stocking. Married to a boorish minor aristocrat at 19, who accused her, for his own political ends, of an affair, 'Criminal Conversation', with Lord Melbourne which ended in the 'Trial of the Century'. Pilloried by society, cut off and bankrupted by her family, she went on to be the most important figure in establishing womens' rights in marriage.

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