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The Sealed Letter

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'The Sealed Letter is a page-turner with a jaw-dropping ending' Stylist

Helen Codrington is unhappily married. Emily 'Fido' Faithfull hasn't seen her once-dear friend for years. Suddenly, after bumping into Helen on the streets of Victorian London, Fido finds herself reluctantly helping Helen to have an affair with a young army officer.

The women's friendship quickly unravels amid courtroom accusations of adultery, counter-accusations of cruelty and attempted rape, and the appearance of a mysterious 'sealed letter' that could destroy more than one life . . .

Based on a real-life scandal that gripped England in 1864, Emma Donoghue's The Sealed Letter is a delicious tale of secrets, betrayal, and forbidden love.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 30mm | 350g
  • PICADOR
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • 1447205987
  • 9781447205982
  • 8,516

Review Text

"Very enjoyable." (Independent on Sunday)
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Praise for THE SEALED LETTER: "Donoghue weaves an engrossing and... quite funny melodrama about a bad, bad girl who bursts the seams of this corseted world... part "Forever Amber" and part clockwork courtroom drama, with bawdy undercurrents of forbidden love thrown in for good measure. All in all, a deliciously wicked little romp, complete with a clever twist at the end." -- "The Seattle Times""Emma Donoghue's triangle of real-life protagonists presents us with a quintessentially Victorian tableau...mid-Victorian London feels so real you can almost taste it." -- "Washington Post Book World""A fascinating tour de force, a brilliant unraveling of closely held secrets and brutal betrayals...A case of Dangerous Liaisons with yet another layer of Victorian outrage." -curledupwithagoodbook.com"Donoghue blends a true case and period detail into an intriguing tale of mystery and passion."--"The Oregonian""Donoghue recreates grim 19th-century London -- relieved by whiffs of exotic M
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About Emma Donoghue

Born in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer who spent eight years in England before moving to Canada. Her fiction includes Slammerkin, Life Mask, Touchy Subjects and the international bestseller Room (shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes).
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Rating details

4,830 ratings
3.31 out of 5 stars
5 11% (529)
4 32% (1,557)
3 38% (1,854)
2 14% (679)
1 4% (211)
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