She writes with an endearing modesty: her style is simple and direct. Imbued with the effort of achieving scrupulous accuracy, her frankness is disarming. She was married for some years to the historian Roger Owen, with whom she travelled to Libya, Cairo and America, but she left the marriage soon after they adopted a baby daughter, and was thereafter given, she says with a touch of ruefulness, to “leaping into affairs without thinking of the consequences”. Some of the lovers she names, others are, you might say, generically identified
Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane
"as Karen Jones sets out dismayingly early in her book, the only things that the real-life ‘Calamity Jane’ can with confidence be said to have in common with her legend is that she wore trousers, swore like a navvy and was pissed all the time..."
— The Spectator