The Disinherited

The Disinherited

A Story of Love, Family and Betrayal

Large Print - 2015
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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 Henry's four illegitimate siblings, one of whom secured a judicious marriage, while the other three were consigned to lives of poverty and disappointment.
Publisher: Leicester : F.A.Thorpe, 2015.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781444826043
Characteristics: 376 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Jan 08, 2018

Vita Sackville-West, writer and gardener, grew up at Knowle in Kent, part of the English aristocracy. This book is a fascinating glimpse into her mother's side of the family, the illegitimate line. Her grandmother was a Spanish dancer, who captured the attention of a younger son of this family.

This is not a pretty story, it is a story of a father who muddied the waters of inheritance by both denying and admitting to fathering a brood of children. It is also illustrates how unpleasant most of the people described in the story were. There seemed few, if any, who didn't take to suing one another, stretching the truth or downright lying to try to gain what they felt they were entitled to.

Well written by the current Sackville-West who lives at Knowle to this day, it certainly does not make that strata of English society very attractive.

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