Lady Audley's Secret

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Penguin, 1998 - Fiction - 454 pages
Weathering critical scorn, Lady Audley's Secret (1862) 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 anxiety and the doubts that accompanied the rapid rise of consumer culture. What is the mystery surrounding Mary Elizabeth Braddon's artful and 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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Contents

LADY AUDLEYS SECRET
xlvi
Lucy
xlvi
On board the Argus
18
Hidden relics
28
In the first page of the Times
35
The headstone at Ventnor
40
Anywhere anywhere out of the world
46
After a year
52
Coming to a standstill
183
Clara
196
Georges letters
204
Retrograde investigation
211
So far and no farther
226
Beginning at the other end
238
Hidden in the grave
250
In the limewalk
260

Before the storm
63
After the storm
75
Missing
82
The mark upon my ladys wrist
87
Still missing
93
Troubled dreams
99
Phoebes suitor
106
On the watch
114
Robert Audley gets his congé
125
At the Castle Inn
134
Robert receives a visitor whom he had scarcely expected
140
The blacksmiths mistake
147
The writing in the book
157
Mrs Plowson
162
Little Georgey leaves his old home
170
Preparing the ground
277
Phoebes petition
289
The red light in the sky
305
The bearer of the tidings
323
My lady tells the truth
338
The hush that succeeds the tempest
353
Dr Mosgraves advice
365
Buried alive
375
Ghosthaunted
388
That which the dying man had to tell
409
Restored
424
At peace
435
Notes
438
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Mary E Braddon (1835-1915) began writing at the age of eight but it was not until she won an admirer as an actress that she could settle down to write serial fiction. She became a bestselling 'sensation' author and was read avidly by Tennyson, Dickens and Thackery. She wrote over eighty novels. Jenny Bourne Taylor studied at York and Warwick universities and is currently a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Sussex. She has published widely.

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