Lady Audley's Secret

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Penguin Adult, Jan 28, 2010 - Fiction - 512 pages
Weathering critical scorn, LADY AUDLEY'S SECRET quickly established Mary Elizabeth Braddon as the leading light of Victorian 'sensation' fiction, sharing the honour only with Wilkie Collins. Addictive, cunningly plotted and certainly sensational, LADY AUDLEY'S SECRET draws on contemporary theories of insanity to probe mid-Victorian anxieties about the rapid rise of consumer culture. What is the mystery surrounding the charming heroine? Lady Audley's secret is investigated by Robert Audley,aristocrat turned detective, in a novel that has lost none of its power to disturb and entertain.

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Both of my book sites recommended I read Mary Elizabeth Braddon's "Lady Audley's Secret" -- and I can totally see why. Victorian mystery literature, billed as being in the vein of Wilkie Collins ... Read full review

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Yikes! What a book! Who said the Victorians led prim and proper lives? This romance/thriller has everything: bigamy, attempted murder, arson,theft and madness. What's not to like? The novel opens with ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Mary Elizabeth Braddon(1835-1915) first burst onto the public scene at the age of eight when she played the role of 'Fairy Pineapple' in a pantomime. In a long career of overwhelming activity she edited magazines and wrote at least seventy-five novels, including such unrevived works as The Octoroon, Publicans and Sinnersand Dead-Sea Fruitbut also including the phenomenal LadyAudley's Secretwhich made her, at the age of twenty-seven, rich for life.

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