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Title: Anatomy of a Scandal
Authors: Vaughan, Sarah
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 388
Year: 2018
Language: English
Description: When cabinet minister James Whitehouse, with a seemingly perfect life, goes on trial for rape, there is a lot at stake: not only his marriage to Sophie and his successful career (in tandem with his old friend Tom the PM), but also his exposure to Kate Woodcroft, the experienced prosecuting barrister hell-bent on revealing the truth.

Moving between the hallowed halls of contemporary Westminster and Oxford University decades earlier, this suspenseful psychological thriller and intelligent dissection of male privilege and behaviour, offers a fascinating and timely reflection on consent, intent and the misuse of power.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"The story moves at a brisk pace and holds the interest while dealing with highly topical issues."

"I found the book engrossing and fascinating - a timely reflection on our society."

"The story is a gripping psychological thriller and the characters are well-drawn."

"It's a complicated and carefully crafted story stretching back over the characters' history and behaviours."

"The well-drawn characters are fleshed out perceptively revealing important personality traits."

"Great to reflect on how a mistake made early in life can come back and haunt a person."

"The characters are carefully crafted - some you come to detest but most you have compassion for."

Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Feminism, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, Suspense/Thriller, England, What's Hot, Popular Book with Groups, 2020 Titles

Reviews

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By: AUCK 038 2020-05-22 12:47:52
4 
Very well-written, if somewhat disturbing!

By: WELL 150 2020-05-22 12:47:21
5 
Good discussion and comments that this was very topical.

By: RAWEN 001 2020-05-22 12:46:18
5 
We had a zoom meeting to discuss this book at the end of May. We ALL liked it, an easy read during lockdown. Good discussion afterwards regarding rape, and Sophie's attitude to her husband. Would recommend book to other groups.

By: MAST 014 2020-05-11 13:23:10
4 
Well-written book. Enjoyed by everyone.

By: GREYT 001 2020-03-04 10:02:23
4.5 
An excellent read. Although, at times, quite confronting and sexually explicit - it was at no time gratuitous. We had a great discussion about privilege and entitlement which really were the main themes of the story - and of course the "Me Too" movement. Our group is aged 70+ and we are mixed gender.

By: NELS 058 2020-01-29 14:41:43
4.5 
A jolly good read.

By: NAP 005 2020-01-29 14:41:13
3 
Different viewpoints on the book. Some found it difficult to get into, but rewarding when finished.

By: NORTH 009 2020-01-29 14:40:10
3.5 
We found it difficult to relate to the characters initially but warmed to them as the story went on - not the rapist:-). Fabulous in depth discussion at our meeting - topics included old boys' culture, nurture issues etc.

By: PALMN 031 2020-01-29 14:36:53
4.5 
Everyone enjoyed this book. Had a great discussion.

By: AUCK 069 2019-10-16 14:31:24
3 
Despite the low score, we had one of the best discussions for a book. Everyone finished it; we felt it was not well-written but interesting subject matter.

By: TAUR 057 2019-06-19 12:45:19
3 
This book divided the club. Some enjoyed it, most didn't. Some enjoyed the writing and descriptions, others felt the writing didn't make as much of the legal issues as other authors might have done. No-one could relate to the upper class characters or the old boys' network, but in talking about that it opened up one of the best discussions we've had.

 
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