Infidelity and Other Affairs


What Lisa Taddeo did for female desire, Kate Legge does for adultery.


ISBN: 9781760762810 Category:

Kate Legge


‘One cannot fail to be entranced by Legge’s bone-deep strength and wisdom.’
Annabel Crabb

‘Unflinchingly investigating the value of monogamy and the true cost of betrayal.’
Trent Dalton

What do you do when your partner’s infidelity upends your life? When you confront living on your own? In amongst parents dying, careers ending and becoming a grandparent?

As a journalist, Kate Legge often seeks answers to how people reckon with bad luck or bad decisions. When faced with her husband’s affair, she discovered a fault line of betrayal running through four generations
of his family, which began a search for answers both close to home and more universally.

Infidelity and Other Affairs begins with this puzzle: is unfaithfulness a predisposition or a learned behaviour? From there, Legge contemplates a vast catalogue of behaviours as she strives to understand how we
become who we are.

To her own surprise, she finds strength and peace over revenge and hate, as well as joy in unexpected places.

‘There is a list of words a reviewer – I mean me – will never use. One is “brave”. I’m breaking this rule. There is no word more apt than brave for Kate Legge’s Infidelity and Other Affairs.’ –The Age

‘A wonderfully thoughtful, mature and somewhat eclectic exploration of the breakdown of a marriage and Legge’s endurance through and beyond it … Legge has a gift of illuminating the ordinary, forcing us to take a closer look at the banal, everyday beauty that surrounds us.’ –The Conversation

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Additional information

Weight 284 g
Dimensions 15.5 x 23.3 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 28 February 2023
Number of pages 224
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 15.5 x 23.3 cm
Weight 284 g


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Kate Legge is an award-winning journalist and author who has chronicled social and political affairs since the 1980s. Her novel,The Unexpected Elements of Love, was long listed for the Miles Franklin award. Her non-fiction book, Kindred: A Cradle Mountain Love Story was a finalist in the Queensland Literary Awards.