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on 19 September 2014
It took me longer to read this biography than I'd imagined it would, mainly because the writing wasn't particularly engaging, but also because so much of Jane's personal material was censored that much of the book reads like a list of events, with little exploration of her character or feelings. This is a real shame as Jane Digby was obviously a fascinating, intelligent, and kind woman, years ahead of her time, and I'd have loved to have read the more personal material to get to know her better. While I respect her family's protective stance, I believe society has, generally, moved far enough forward not to have judged her in the way at least one of them obviously feared we might.
Jane's life was anything but conventional, and I developed a lot of respect for her through reading this book. However, so many questions remain unanswered that I feel slightly cheated. I think the author could have at least expanded her own commentary to make up for the lack of depth. Whilst I enjoyed learning about Jane's adventures, I was, ultimately, slightly disappointed by this book.