Writers at work: Kate Summerscale
For this British author of semi-biographies set in the Victorian age, crafting a book is like solving an intricate mystery
In two of her most successful books, the British writer Kate Summerscale has time-travelled to Victorian England. The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher Or The Murder At Road Hill House is a whodunnit of sorts that follows the life and career of one of the first Scotland Yard detectives, Jack Whicher, as he attempts to solve the murder of a small boy that shocked British society to its core. The second book, Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary Of A Victorian Lady, is about one of the first women in the UK to be divorced on charges of adultery following a change in matrimonial law that made divorce easier and more affordable for the middle class.