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The Disinherited: A Story of Family, Love and Betrayal Hardcover – 24 Apr 2014

4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (24 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408824825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408824825
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sackville-West has done his best with this tangled and unedifying tale. He writes elegantly and has been able to draw on Victoria's diaries and the copious documentation thrown up by her uncle Henry's court case (Sunday Times)

Brilliantly exposes the shadowy side of the Victorian aristocracy and the horrors of life on the wrong side of the blanket . . . A marvellous book - a gripping story, superbly researched and related with grace and humour in elegant, enjoyable prose. (Literary Review)

Poignant (Daily Telegraph)

His extraordinary research uncovers a world of shadows lying within inches of his family's official history, and he enters into it with sympathy and understanding (Economist)

Immaculately written ... A fascinating picture of a forgotten underside of English aristocratic and public life (Lucy Lethbridge, Observer)

Entertaining (Evening Standard)

Meticulous (Country Life)

A romping read (Tatler)

A deliciously gossipy tale of family secrets and lies, but it's also a sad story of children at war with one another (Independent on Sunday Best Biographies of the Summer)

Investigates, in elegant prose, the other side of the family tapestry, so to speak: the tangled skeins of lives tainted by illegitimacy . Gripping (Ronald Frame, Herald Books of the Year)

The whole thing has the trappings of a Wilkie Collins novel (Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times Biographies of the Year)

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The Disinherited exposes the dark side of English history, as ancient wealth mixes with modern manners

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