Jane Ridley

The Marriage Plot

The Disinherited: A Story of Love, Family and Betrayal

By

Bloomsbury 308pp £20 order from our bookshop

Mention the word disinherited in connection with Knole and most people will think of Vita Sackville-West. Unable to inherit because she was a woman, she mourned Knole for the rest of her life. Robert Sackville-West has unearthed a much stranger, sadder story – the tale of Vita’s illegitimate Spanish family. This book brilliantly exposes the shadowy side of the Victorian aristocracy and the horrors of life on the wrong side of the blanket.

The story begins in Paris in the 1850s, where Lionel Sackville-West, a young attaché, had an affair with a Spanish dancer named Pepita

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • With our February issue about to go to press, enjoy a slice of LR history - Hilary Mantel on Joan Haslip's biograph… ,
    • What did London look like in the 6th Century? Rory Naismith's 'Citadel of the Saxons' tries to answer that questi… ,
    • Start your week with a dose of Russian Revolutionary zeal. Donald Rayfield reviews Tobie Mathew's 'Greetings From t… ,
    • A treat from the LR Archive: exactly 20 years ago, Malcolm Bradbury reviewed John Updike's 'Bech at Bay' ,
    • ‘When bullets come close, the noise they make as they go past changes from a zing to a crack’ John Lanchester's dy… ,
    • Man with a Bloody Paintbrush: Robin Simon on Lucian Freud ,
    • Jane Ridley reviews The Diaries of Kenneth Rose (ed. D R Thorpe) ,