Lady Audley's Secret is, perhaps, the most famous of the Victorian 'sensation' novels. When beautiful young Lucy Graham accepts the hand of Sir Michael Audley, her fortune and her future look secure. But Lady Audley's past is shrouded in mystery, and to Sir Michael's nephew Robert, she is not all that she seems. When his good friend George Talboys suddenly disappears, Robert is determined to find him, and to unearth the truth. His quest reveals a tangled story of lies and deception, crime and intrigue, whose sensational twists turn the conventional picture of Victorian womanhood on its head. Can Robert's darkest suspicions really be true? With an Afterword by Ned Halley.
Mary Elizabeth Braddon was born in London in 1837 into the unhappy family of a Cornish solicitor who left when she was five. Her brother Edward left for Tasmania five years later, where he later became prime minister. Mary helped support herself and her mother by becoming an actress and writing fiction. Lady Audley's Secret, in 1862, was her fourth published novel and first success. It was widely reviled by critics as 'Sensation Fiction' and made her rich. Some seventy more novels followed, many in a similarly racy vein, and remarkable for their inventiveness and readability. She died in 1915.
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