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All for Love by Dan Jacobson

In All for Love, Dan Jacobson has created a novel around true story set in the waning days of the Hapsburg Empire. Princess Louise, daughter of Belgian King Leopold II and wife of Philipp of Saxe-Coburg, meets second lieutenant Geza Mattachich in Vienna. They quickly begin an affair, eventually becoming too indiscreet with it. When the emperor orders it to cease, they go on the run spending money they don't have. There's a duel between Prince Philipp and Mattachich, Princess Louise being declared insane and sent to an asylum, and Mattachich jailed for forging a promissory note. Years later, Maria Stoger becomes infatuated with the infamous Mattachich, leaves her husband and gets a job at the prison to be close to Mattachich. She sets in motion a plan to win not just his release, but Princess Louise's as well. All for Love has received mostly positive reviews with The Telegraph saying, "All for Love, set as it is in the absurd and often decadent stage-sets of the Austro-Hungarian and German princeling worlds, gives Jacobson quite a lot of comic moments as well as melodramatic ones, all of which he deals with confidently, stylishly, and entertainingly."
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The Telegraph review by Anthony Thwaite

The Guardian review by Alan Judd

The Telegraph review by Benjamin Markovits

New Statesman review by Hugo Barnacle

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