Mrs Robinson’s disgrace by Kate Summerscale

I bought this book in Inverness train station as a concession because I’d finished a book and had a 3 1/2 hr train journey ahead of me which, for me, is unthinkable without something to read. It is actually a dis-service to call this book a concession as although it is short it is perfectly formed. It tells the true story of the marriage and divorce of Isabella Robinson in the 1850s. Sensationally her own intimate and graphic diaries were used as evidence in the case which was one of the leading news stories at a time when the Divorce Act had just been passed. Summerscale weaves a page turning tale which is impossible to put down, especially the section about the trial itself. It is interesting reading it as a woman as ultimately Isabella attempts to prove her diaries are a product of madness. I enjoyed this book a lot and its twists and turns and rendered even more vivid by the fact that it is true. 


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