Lady Audley's Secret, Paperback Book
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With an Introduction and Notes by Esther SaxeyThe flaxen-haired beauty of the childlike Lady Audley would suggest that she has no secrets.

But M.E. Braddon's classic novel of sensation uncovers the truth about its heroine in a plot involving bigamy, arson and murder.

It challenges assumptions about the nature of femininity and investigates the narrow divide between sanity and insanity, using as its focus one of the most fascinating of all Victorian heroines. Combining elements of the detective novel, the psychological thriller and the romance of upper class life, Lady Audley's Secret was one of the most popular and successful novels of the nineteenth century and still exerts a powerful hold on readers.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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  • Category: Classic crime
  • ISBN: 9781853267260

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Lady Audley has a mysterious past and this is all about how she's willing to keep it from coming out. It's an interesting read and I really did enjoy how George Talboys uncovers the evidence. It does look at the roles women play in the rigid victorian society and how hard sometimes it must have been to be successful.I'm really not surprised it's regularly reprinted, it's a very interesting read.

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Quite a predictable detective tale, but with some surprising twists at the end that make it worth it. It's an enjoyable little book. It highlights very well the plight of the typical woman in Victorian society, although I sincerely hope (and believe) Lady Audley is an extreme and not a reality.

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One of the better books I have read

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This was the first book by M. E. Braddon that I have ever read and it was also the first sensation novel that I have read. It was a very successful novel at the time it was published and I can really see why people wanted to read it. The themes presented in the novel are enthralling and interesting as they show a different side of Victorian domesticity and draw a different portrait of Victorian women / wives / mothers. I really liked the main characters and I was curious to find out how the novel ends. The end did surprise me as I really thought that Lady Audley murdered her first husband. However, it turned out that her first husband did not die. Nevertheless, Lady Audley still receives punishment for the committed deeds and the other characters find happiness. The novel has a happy conclusion for the “good characters” but one can argue if it really is a successful conclusion. When we look at Alicia for example, we can argue if she is really happy marrying someone else, and not the man she is in love with, namely Robert Audley. Furthermore, readers must also consider Lady Audley’s sanity. Was she really a “madwoman” like her mother or just an ambitious woman who was dissatisfied with her low status and committed crimes in order to secure her new gained status? The novel is open for many interpretations; every reader has its own and that’s what I like about the book!

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I really enjoyed this book. It seemed a bit slow going in places, but the story is worth sticking with. There are lots of twists and turns in the plot, and even though I guessed a few things correctly there were still some other surprises along the way. Lots of atmospheric descriptions and good characterisation. Excellent story and to be honest, a bit of an emotional rollercoaster ride!

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