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This review is from: Lady Audley's Secret (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
The epitome of high Victorian three volume wonderfulness.
If you're a fan, you can't do better than read this. Lady Audley has more than one secret, really, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon seems to have added to the list after she thought of the title, but who cares?
There's a touch of Ann Radcliffe and the Brontes mixed with Mrs Gaskell and Anthony Trollope. It's about time it was serialised on the BBC.
Robert Audley is not a shirt-rippling hero, but it's very easy to sympathise with his predicament. There is also a feeling that Ms Braddon changed her mind over who he should marry halfway through writing. In fact, the construction of the novel is fairly transparent as an ongoing piece of writing.
There are some recognisable human frailties here, and a great deal of artifice; no problem with that - it's what entertainment is all about.