About this book
An Edinburgh lady frets over her Anglo-Indian niece's darkening upper lip, a heartbroken mother puts her illegitimate son up for adoption, and a vicar secures his diary in a bank vault. A sweeping overview of what families hid in the past, and why.
A book about what families - Victorian and modern - try to hide, and why. Both a story of family secrets and of how they were revealed, it journeys from the frontier of empire, where British adventurers made secrets that haunted their descendants for generations, to the confessional vanguard of modern-day genealogy two centuries later.