OpenCampus Reading Group - Victorian Secrets:
Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon - hosted by Janine Hatter
'Victorian Secrets' aims to bring together some of the best-loved with the lesser-read fiction of the Victorian era. Using examples from across different genres and sub-genres, it proves participants with a cross-section of 19th-century literature that shows just how varied, lively, and readable Victorian fiction can be.
Lady Audley’s Secret is one of the best-known examples of the Victorian sensation novel. Specialising in racy plots (by Victorian standards!), sensation novels were known for being full of intrigue, scheming and plot twists. Mary Elizabeth Braddon was a touring actress who began a writing career whilst working in Beverley, returning to the area to raise money for Hull’s Pearson Park. Lady Audley’s Secret provides a compelling narrative that draws attention to Victorian double-standards.