Sedition A deliciously twisted and seductive historical tale of piano playing passions and female powerThe setting of Sedition by Katharine Grant London The problem Four nouveau riche fathers with five

  • Title: Sedition
  • Author: Katharine Grant
  • ISBN: 9780805099928
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A deliciously twisted and seductive historical tale of piano playing, passions, and female powerThe setting of Sedition by Katharine Grant London, 1794.The problem Four nouveau riche fathers with five marriageable daughters.The plan The young women will learn to play the piano, give a concert for young Englishmen who have titles but no fortunes, and will marry very wellA deliciously twisted and seductive historical tale of piano playing, passions, and female powerThe setting of Sedition by Katharine Grant London, 1794.The problem Four nouveau riche fathers with five marriageable daughters.The plan The young women will learn to play the piano, give a concert for young Englishmen who have titles but no fortunes, and will marry very well indeed.The complications The lascivious and French piano teacher the piano maker s jealous and musically gifted daughter the one of these marriageable daughters with a mating plan of her own.While it might be a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a title and no money must be in want of a fortune, what does a sexually awakened young woman want In her wickedly alluring romp through the late Georgian London, Italian piano making, and tightly fitted Polonaise gowns, Katharine Grant has written a startling and provocative debut.

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    1. Katharine Grant

      Katharine Grant was born into a family described by Lord Burghley, Treasurer to Elizabeth 1st, as of than usual perversity for clinging to their Catholic faith, an act, during the Reformation, of blatant sedition In 1746 her five times great uncle, Francis Towneley, supported Bonnie Prince Charlie, and, as a result, was the last person in the UK to be hanged, drawn and quartered His head was spiked on Temple Bar, and thereafter had a series of slightly macabre adventures until final burial after the Second World War.Katharine grew up on the edge of the Lancashire moors with five sisters and one brother and, sometimes using family stories, has written nine novels for children and young adults She has written regularly for most newspapers in Scotland and is currently the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of Glasgow Sedition is her first novel for adults.She has also published several books for children and young adults under the name K.M Grant For information, see The History Girls Naming myself, by Katharine Grant from her website


    1. ** This Advanced Reader Copy was provided to me, free, by the publisher. It has in no way impacted the content of this review.**- - -I had so much hope for this book- it had been compared to the work of Sarah Waters, with the temperate of Michel Faber's The Crimson Petal. The Scotsman called it " Jane Austen on crack or Dickens sating himself at an orgy", and the words drummed up for it's editorials were "rowdy, wicked, lust, violence, lasciviousness"- these are strong descriptions, and if true, [...]

    2. This is a wonderfully sly and mischievous book which takes the bare bones of a nineteenth-century novel and gives them an audacious makeover. A group of mercantile families in 1794 London are keen to marry off their five daughters and so decide to have them give a musical concert to put them on public display and catch husbands. But with various plots afoot, the plan goes outrageously wrongGrant writes wonderfully but this is a darker, in places, read than some of the reviews indicate. At the sa [...]

    3. Well, this is a weird book.I can't really think of anything else I've read that I would compare it to. It's internally consistent, but the tone is a strange mix of humor, tragedy, and prurience.Five young women - all the daughters of social climbers. Their parents concoct a scheme to have the girls present a musical concert, playing the newfangled pianoforte, in order to lure titled husbands. To this end, a piano is acquired and a music master hired. However, due to the piano-seller's offense a [...]

    4. Cleverly written but darkish satire on English social manners, in which a French music master is bribed into attempting to seduce five young pupils before the concert at which they are to be presented to their future husbands. Wicked humor alternates with pathos and a gothic intensity of emotion. Very hard to categorize, but intriguing and original.

    5. A rather silly, but enjoyable enough bit of historic erotica here this book is trying to channel all the bawdy goodness of great classics like Fanny Hill, Dangerous Liasions and Vanity Fair with a dash of The Crimson Petal thrown in for good measure. I don't think it manages the brilliance of any of these works, but it does create a story that is worth a few hours reading. The story follows a group of girls out to catch themselves titled husbands; money is not an issue, but breeding will be so a [...]

    6. The promotional blurbs make this sound like a fabulous book, one of them compares Sedition to Sarah Water's Fingersmith. When I hear a book being compared to Fingersmith I think that means the writing is excellent and the story is amazing and I get all happy and excited thinking about the potential greatness of what I'm about to read. It's always after I read the book that was compared to Fingersmith that I remember what they really mean when they compare something to Fingersmith (the story has [...]

    7. Delightfully amoral, a wicked tale of seduction that channels both Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Piano.Several 'new money' families decide to showcase their daughters in the marriage market by purchasing a top-notch pianoforte and training up their girls to perform for nobility. Instrument-maker Cantabile is affronted by the idea of untrained and clumsy girls touching his handmade piece of art. He sends Monsiuer Belladroit to the families, ostensibly as their instructor. But really to seduce [...]

    8. I would never have read Sedition if it weren't on the Desmond Elliott longlist - it just didn't sound my kind of thing. And now I've read it, I'm not sure what sort of a thing it is. It's not a satire, or a farce as it's just not funny and it's definitely not sexy. I'm the last person who would say that a novel should be instantly classifiable, and I usually enjoy something a bit different, but this is just decidedly odd. There are too many similar characters - with five sets of businessmen, wiv [...]

    9. In London in 1794, four fathers buy a pianoforte for their five daughters, who are to give a concert to attract titled husbands. Let the mayhem begin.This book was not what I was expecting when I read the blurb in the bookshop. It is dark, deceptive, and quite creepy, yet at the same time it is beautifully written, humorous in places, and exciting. It might not suit everyone, but this week it suited me perfectly. Trigger / content warnings: (view spoiler)[incest, grooming, one (off the page) rap [...]

    10. This has got to be one of the strangest and most unsettling books I've ever read. In the edgy, offbeat historical fiction genre that I so love, I would compare it most to Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, but this one is far more disquieting and not near as satisfying. This is hard to rate; I loved aspects of it, and the writing is sharp and wonderful, but at the same time it's left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. I think with a less jarring final section I would have really loved this.

    11. This is a tongue-in-cheek, droll but dark tale set in 1794 London. If you like comedies of manners set in historical times, this would be like their dark and somewhat depressing but witty cousin. It's well written, has well-developed and varied characters, supplies some very funny and entertaining moments, and manages to be unpredictable and unexpected in its development. I found myself liking and not liking the book all at the same time. When I read a comedy of manners, which I originally thoug [...]

    12. I loved this book, right up until the end, when I didn't (which means I wish I could give it 4.5 stars). The plot involving four bourgeois families in late 18th-century London out to marry their five daughters into the nobility is a brilliant skewering of economic marriage and the type of romance novel that celebrates it. "Jane Austen on crack," as one reviewer put it, is a good description, although LSD might have been a better drug of choice.Grant's writing is crisp, the narrative economical, [...]

    13. My main reservation about a lot of historical novels is that the writers have often done so much research that the novel becomes so stuffed with period detail that the story gets swamped and I feel I'd be better off reading a non-fiction account. That's not the case with this novel. There's just enough background to give you a sense of London in 1794 -and, in particular, the effects of French Revolution hovering over everything. The beginnings of the industrial revolution and the shift of power [...]

    14. This book is not about sex, though there's plenty of it, often hilarious, occasionally not. Sex is the pepper and salt atop the meat pie. This book is about power. It's uses and abuses and the many shades inbetween; keeping it, loosing it, aspiring to it, wielding it. Brought down and sent up by it (the denouement, a poke in the ribs at'Big Brother' type celebrity), a masterpiece and one of the funniest descriptions I've ever read, I'm still laughing. The power of love and the power of tyranny. [...]

    15. "This man was French. She felt quite flustered. He must be a catholic, and probably part of the nonsense going on over the sea Mrs Frogmorton stood straight. She understood at once that she was being charmed. This is what foreigners did. She resented it." It would have been hard not to read this book about London and the anticipation during the French Revolution and not draw parallels to today's political happenings. The fear of the foreigner and the unspoken truths about sex are what push this [...]

    16. Wow, this was a weird one! I really don't know how to rate it or what to say. The author, in her notes, says she gave it to her 92 year old father to read and he promptly developed shingles and retired to his bed. I can't imagine giving this to my father to read, and that must be a first as I take books to him on a weekly basis and never apply any prudence to my choices.So, five girls and one French music teacher. Chuck in a girl with a facial deformity, some particularly horrible parents and a [...]

    17. I received a wonderfully written story with engrossing characters ARC giveaway Sedition: A Novel by Katherine Grant.Four fathers get together and come up with the perfect plan to marry off their daughters, a piano concert performance. Mr. Drigg's purchases a pianoforte from Mr. Cantabile who recommends Monsieur Belldroit. The instructor, Monsieur Belldroit, doesn't only want to help the young ladies with their pianoforte lessons. Read the captivating, entertaining, humorous, engaging characters [...]

    18. London, 1791, In order to marry off their daughters to titled gentry, four nouveau riche fathers organise for their daughters to learn the piano and to give a recital. The fathers might want one thing, but their daughters have their own agency which subverts the plan and drives the story. Grant fascinatingly takes measure of her characters by their appreciation and execution of “Herr Bach’s" music. In her wickedly alluring romp through late Georgian London’s love and marriage market, Grant [...]

    19. What a riot! This novel takes place in the late 1700's, and I never heard a version of the young teenage girl of that era depicted like this before. The novelist has been writing children's and young adult stories for years and is well respected. It was a lot of fun and I read it pretty darn fast!

    20. It didn't work for me. Compared on the back cover to Sarah Waters - in my mind the comparison is an unfavourable one.

    21. Seduction, music and calculation in 1794 London: a slow-paced but entertaining historical novel full of lasciviousness and delightfully devoid of moral hang-ups.

    22. Well, that was brilliantly, ridiculously mad. This book is the exact definition of a wild ride from start to finish.

    23. Several wealthy merchants in London are looking to marry off their daughters, Georgina, Harriet, Evelina, Marianne and Alathea. In a bid to see their daughters well-matched, the families engage the services of a pianoforte teacher. The teacher will help the girls prepare for a concert which will then launch them into Society while simultaneously displaying them to eligible men. The families hope that they girls will charm potential husbands with their talents at this concert. These plans are und [...]

    24. Katharine Grant has written a treat of a historical comedy in Sedition, saucy and spicy and savory. I tasted. I feasted. I glutted. In England just before the close of the eighteenth century, Ms. G gives us four merchants, Messrs. Drigg, Brass, Frogmorton and Sawneyford, who concoct a scheme to parlay their mercantile riches into titled marriages for their daughters. The plan involves a pianoforte from an Italian instrument-maker, lessons from a French music master, and a grand concert that thei [...]

    25. Loved this book, read it in just a few days. not sure whether it was the fast paced plot, the use of amazing piano imagery 😍 or the intriguing characters but the book had me gripped.

    26. What a goddamn mess, I say. Why rate it 3 stars then, you say. Because despite it being an absolute bawdy disaster, it was actually an enjoyable read. I can't say I didn't enjoy the book, and what hurts the most is that I REALLY WISH THAT I COULD SAY I DID. It took me a while to get into the book, the first few chapters being very boring and not engaging at all, however that soon changed once the introduction of Alathea and Annie's relationship. Which while good, was not very well built up at al [...]

    27. Sedition by Katharine Grant is taking place in London in 1794. Five young women, Marianne, Evarina, Georgiana, Harriet and Alathea are to give a concert with the sole purpose of attracting suitors so that their parents can see them well married, even the daughters that are not exactly blessed with neither looks nor personality. Mr. Driggs, the father of Marianne and Evarina, buys a pianoforte for this purpose from the pianoforte makers daughter, Annie. The pianoforte maker didn't want to sell th [...]

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