The Disinherited: A Story of Family, Love and Betrayal

The Disinherited: A Story of Family, Love and Betrayal

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By (author) Robert Sackville-West

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 236mm x 32mm | 620g
  • Publication date: 24 June 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1408824825
  • ISBN 13: 9781408824825
  • Sales rank: 70,407

Product description

In the small hours of the morning of 3 June 1914, a woman and her husband were found dead in a sparsely furnished apartment in Paris. It was only when the identity of the couple was revealed in the English press a fortnight later that the full story emerged. The man, Henry Sackville-West, had shot himself minutes after the death of his wife from cancer; but Henry's suicidal despair had been driven equally by the failure of his claim to be the legitimate son of Lord Sackville and heir to Knole. The Disinherited reveals the secrets and lies at the heart of an English dynasty, unravelling the parallel lives of Henri's four illegitimate siblings: in particular his older sister, Victoria, who on becoming Lady Sackville and mistress of Knole, by marriage, consigned her brothers and sisters to lives of poverty and disappointment.

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Author information

After studying History at Oxford University, Robert Sackville-West worked in publishing, founding Toucan Books in 1985, which creates illustrated non-fiction books for an international market. He now combines that with chairing Knole Estates, the property and investment company which runs the Sackville family's interests at Knole. In 2008, he and his wife and three children moved in the house, which has been occupied by the Sackville family for 400 years. The incredible history of Knole and the Sackville family, Inheritance, was published in 2010.

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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