The Disgrace of Kitty Grey [eBook Text] by Mary Hooper. Kitty is living a happy, carefree life as a dairymaid in the countryside. And then, of course, there is Will, the river man who she thinks is very fond of her, and indeed she is of him. Then one day Will disappears to London. So when Kitty is asked to go to London to pick up a copy of Pride and Prejudice, the latest novel by the very fashionable Jane Austen, Kitty leaps at the chance to track down Will.
Into the circles of Victorian London’s radicals and idealists, where early feminists and socialists rub shoulders with exiled foreign revolutionaries. To a utopian anarchist commune in Essex wilderness, which imitates Tolstoy’s farm communes in Russia. Into the nightmarish political world from which London’s Russian exiles have fled. The trail leads onwards - to one appalling discovery after another as Holmes gradually unravels a labyrinthine, deeply evil conspiracy.