Scandal of the Century

«'A landmark book, a sweeping, scintillatingly original, exciting and game changing exploration of writer, spy, power player, lover Aphra Behn. Thrilling, scholarly, powerfully researched, this is Aphra as she’s never been seen before. She bursts from the page, and Lisa Hilton brings to complex, unforgettable, vibrant life this fascinating woman and her unstable, dangerous times that have so much in common with ours'»

Kate Williams, historian and author of Rival Queens: The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots
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Forlag
Michael Joseph Ltd
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
352
ISBN
9781405953320
Utgivelsesår
2024
Format
22 x 14 cm

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«'A landmark book, a sweeping, scintillatingly original, exciting and game changing exploration of writer, spy, power player, lover Aphra Behn. Thrilling, scholarly, powerfully researched, this is Aphra as she’s never been seen before. She bursts from the page, and Lisa Hilton brings to complex, unforgettable, vibrant life this fascinating woman and her unstable, dangerous times that have so much in common with ours'»

Kate Williams, historian and author of Rival Queens: The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots

«The Scandal of the Century allows Hilton to showcase her skill for both historical and detective work and compelling, evocative writing . . . [She] strides confidently into the conversation about Behn, dissecting existing biographies and cleverly constructing a thought-provoking and thrilling new theory of the writer's origins . . . A sparkling and eye-opening account . . . compelling to read [and] refreshingly transparent . . . Her fresh ideas could open up exciting paths for future scholars.»

BBC History Magazine

«'An enjoyable read . . . challenging - but always entertaining'»

Literary Review

«'Gloriously mind-boggling . . .This is a lively book, full of saucy millennial-type analogies . . . The Scandal of the Century zips along merrily enough and leaves one with a familiar, unanswerable question both about Henrietta Berkeley and her astonishing effrontery in court, and about Aphra Behn creating a career out of it. What on earth did these women think they could achieve when nothing showed them that anything at all was possible? The next time, it would be slightly easier'»

Spectator

«'The Scandal of the Century is an impressive short account of Behn and her secretive life . . . Engaging, ingenious, lively . . . Hilton skilfully narrates background material of the Restoration . . . it disentangles with skill the complicated and sensational tale of Henrietta and Grey . . . Hilton dramatizes vividly the transactional nature of emotional exchanges between the pair'»

TLS

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