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  • Published: 23 October 1998
  • ISBN: 9780140435849
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $19.99

Lady Audley's Secret




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.

  • Pub date: 23 October 1998
  • ISBN: 9780140435849
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Mary Elizabeth Braddon

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 Sinners and Dead-Sea Fruit but also including the phenomenal Lady Audley's Secret which made her, at the age of twenty-seven, rich for life.

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