Magazine article The Spectator

Georgian Romp

Magazine article The Spectator

Georgian Romp

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Sedition by Katharine Grant

Virago, £14.99, pp. 289,

ISBN 9781844089846

Spectator Bookshop, £12.99

London, 1794. It's a different world from that portrayed by the Mrs Radcliffes and Anons of the time: rich young women are not all naive and swoony in Katharine Grant's first novel for adults. In Sedition, five girls (two of them sisters, the others unrelated) are more or less put up for sale by their calculating parents, who want to attract titled sons to help them complete a leap from trade into the aristocracy.

From the start, the parents' scheme of buying a pianoforte and hiring a music teacher to help the girls appear eligible seems destined to backfire momentously. One of the daughters, Alathea, is not at all innocent (her creepy father, who visits her bedroom every night, can take much of the credit for this), and the teacher is a libidinous French cad who has been offered a bribe to deflower all five of his new pupils. …

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