What would you do if you were faced with a dangerous temptation you feared you couldn t resist? he Scandal of the Season is the story of the real-life seduction of the beautiful, clever Arabella Fermor by the charming, enigmatic nobleman Robert Petre, seventh Baron of Ingatestone. Arabella knows that other girls have been ruined by risking an affair like the one she dares to contemplate. The object of her desire, Robert Petre, is also flirting with a Jacobite plot against Queen Anne, and he knows that if his part in the conspiracy is found out he will be hanged. A true story, covered up in its day because it threatened to cause a sensation, this was the tale that gave rise to Alexander Pope s bestselling poem The Rape of the Lock , the era s most celebrated satirical entertainment. atching them all with a beady eye, and taking notes and his part in the story, is an outsider, a cripple, destined to become the genius of his age the poet Alexander Pope himself. He comes to London from the country, determined to become famous. He knows that if he fails, he will be left destitute. But can he find a story for his next poem powerful enough to make his reputation ? ome people take
Born in Sydney in 1974, Sophie Gee was brought up and educated in the inner-city suburb of Paddington, graduating from the University of Sydney in 1995 with a first-class honours degree in English. She wrote her honours thesis on Evelyn Waugh, and also did half a law degree, until her father, a lawyer, encouraged her to drop out. She won a scholarship to Harvard, where she studied the underbelly of 18th-century London and received a PhD in 2002.. She was appointed assistant professor to the English department at Princeton, held a fellowship at UCLA and has recently taught at University College London before returning to Princeton.