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Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady

by Kate Summerscale

"I think people marry far too much; it is such a lottery, and for a poor woman--bodily and morally the husband's slave--a very doubtful happiness." -Queen Victoria to her recently married daughter Vicky

Headstrong,...


The Queen of Whale Cay: The Eccentric Story of "Joe" Carstairs, Fastest Woman on Water

by Kate Summerscale

A fascinating biography of the woman champion motorboat racer of the 1920s who in the '30s bought and became 'ruler' of an island in the British West Indies. 'Joe' Carstairs was born in London in 1900, the daughter...


The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

Samuel Johnson Prize 2008

by Kate Summerscale

In June of 1860 three-year-old Saville Kent was found at the bottom of an outdoor privy with his throat slit. The crime horrified all England and led to a national obsession with detection, ironically destroying,...