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  • Published: 1 March 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446449691
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

Lady Worsley's Whim

An Eighteenth-Century Tale of Sex, Scandal and Divorce

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'A fabulous story and Rubenhold tells it beautifully' Daily Telegraph

It was the divorce that scandalised Georgian England... She was a spirited
young heiress. He was a handsome baronet with a promising career in government. Their marriage had the makings of a fairy tale but ended as one of the most salacious and highly publicised divorces in history.

For over two hundred years the story of Lady Worsley, her vengeful husband, and her lover, George Maurice Bisset, lay buried in long-forgotten newspapers, overlooked pamphlets and yellowing satires. No other author, past or present, has told it before. Now Hallie Rubenhold, in her impeccably researched book, brings the three protagonists back to life and presents a rarely seen picture of aristocratic life in the Georgian era.

  • Pub date: 1 March 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446449691
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the Author

Hallie Rubenhold

Hallie Rubenhold is a social historian and an authority on women's lives of the past. She has worked as a curator for the National Portrait Gallery and as a university lecturer. Her books include Lady Worsley's Whim, dramatized by the BBC as The Scandalous Lady W, and Covent Garden Ladies: The Extraordinary Story of Harris's List, which inspired the ITV series Harlots. She lives in London with her husband.

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Praise for Lady Worsley's Whim

“Nothing else in the genre is close to being this good. As a historian and a storyteller, Hallie Rubenhold is in a league of her own. She keeps you glued to the very last page when, exhausted, exasperated and elated, you can at last put the book down and get yourself some sleep”

Literary Review

“The story of the Wolsley divorce has never been revealed before, and Hallie Rubenhold tells it with panache. Rubenhold combines narrative skill with historical expertise, and she traces the knife-edge that women walked between social success and public disgrace with subtlety and assurance”


“Readable new book brings the most shocking divorce case of its day vividly to life”

The Gloss (Ireland)

“A fabulous story and Rubenhold tells it beautifully”

Daily Telegraph

“Lady Worsley's Whim takes its subject from a zesty period... Rubenhold is sure-footed in her research... Her special forte is rakes and roués”

Sunday Times

“Rubenhold's forte is rakes and roues”

James Fergusson, Sunday Times

“A well-researched account of a trivial but highly diverting tale.”

Caroline Miller, The Telegraph

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