The Disinherited: A Story of Family, Love and Betrayal by Robert Sackville-West

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Read The Disinherited: A Story of Family, Love and Betrayal Online Free - 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.

Title : The Disinherited: A Story of Family, Love and Betrayal
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ISBN : 1408824825
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Lili rated it ★★★★★

April 20, 2014

A remarkable family saga centred on the beautiful house of Knole and it’s complicated custodians. It is a troubled story detailing the intimate lives of those who through no fault of their own have no birth right and are therefore consigned to the fringes of a fascinating family; The Sackvilles....

Isabel rated it ★★★★★

May 02, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed this book; (received as a first-read -- thanks!) it is a stunning account of the lives and tribulations of five illegitimate children from the Sackville West family in the late 19th century. I felt like I had known these people by the end of the narrative; their disappointmen...

Jane rated it ★★★★★

December 29, 2015

This review first appeared on the Historical Novel Society website. I also wrote a feature article about the book for the same website. This is the second book by Robert Sackville-West (aka Lord Sackville) about his family and the sprawling house (far too small a word for Knole) they’ve inhabited...

Mia rated it ★★★☆☆

June 24, 2016

I cannot really say I enjoyed this book, but it certainly illustrates the point that fiction has nothing on reality when it comes to family drama and that the human mind can contort reality any which way it wants in order to accommodate the psychological needs of the person involved. How Lionel S...

Kate rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 11, 2018

I did try -- I got about 25 pages into this book and realized I'm not particularly interest in the history of the Sackville-West family. So I abandoned it in favor of one of the 800+ books looming from the bookcases in my bedroom, all waiting to be read.

Sue rated it ★★★★☆

May 18, 2017

The fascinating story of the Sackville-Wests of Knole, Kent, brilliantly told by a family member.

Penny rated it ★★★★☆

July 04, 2014

A great read - and one of those 'you couldn't make it up' books about real life people and places. I had previous enjoyed Inheritance by Robert Sackville-West. The Disinherited extends the story of some of his Victorian relatives that we met in his earlier book. This time he concentrates on Lionel...

Helen rated it ★★★☆☆

February 09, 2016

This account of a grand family (the Sackville-Wests) and a grand estate, Knole, started out as an absorbing read when we follow Lionel Sackville-West's affair with a Spanish beauty and dancer Pepita, and the subsequent offspring who struggle all their lives with their illegitimacy. Lionel was not...

Nick rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 25, 2014

This was a free copy from First Reads. It has taken me a fair while to get through, I kept putting it down and getting distracted by other books. I have given it 2 stars, but that is mainly based on my enjoyment of it, if this is a subject that you yearn to know more about then it is arguably 4*....

Hannah rated it ★★★★☆

September 01, 2016

I received this as a goodreads first read. Thank you very much to the publishers for this book. The review is of my own thoughts. I hadn't read "Inheritance", so I came to the whole Knowle saga without any prior knowledge. This is a remarkably good social history and extremely readable. Robert's e...

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