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Lady Audley's Secret

Mary Elizabeth Braddon Robert Giddings

RRP: £7.99

1 January 2009

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843549062

Miss Lucy Graham is a newcomer to the parish of Audley. She may be an impoverished governess, but she is also kind and ineffably beautiful. When Sir Michael Audley sets eyes upon her he finds himself in the grip of ‘the terrible fever called love’. Their courtship raises many eyebrows, but Sir Audley has set his heart on the sweet-natured girl, and before long they marry. Appearances, however, can be deceptive; and Sir Michael’s nephew, Robert, begins to suspect that his new aunt is not all she seems. His investigations into her murky past soon bring shocking secrets to the surface.

Lady Audley’s Secret was originally published in 1862. A ‘sensation’ novel featuring blackmail, bigamy and murder, its massive success made Mary Elizabeth Braddon a household name. It remains a classic Victorian spine-tingler.