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The Sealed Letter | [Emma Donoghue]

The Sealed Letter

From the bestselling author of Room comes a delicious tale of secrets, betrayal and forbidden love 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.
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Publisher's Summary

From the bestselling author of Room comes a delicious tale of secrets, betrayal and forbidden love 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, The Sealed Letter is a delicious tale of secrets, betrayal, and forbidden love.

©2008 Emma Donoghue (P)2012 Macmillan Digital Audio

What the Critics Say

"Very enjoyable." (Independent on Sunday)

"Blissfully readable." (The Times)

"Briskly written, deftly plotted and nicely ironic." (Guardian)

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    Miss Middlesbrough, United Kingdom 08/07/2013
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    "Loved this book!"

    I loved this book. I wasn't really sure what to expect but since I enjoyed Emma Donogue's first book (Room) I thought it was worth a go.
    The book had good pace and the main character was a believable strong business woman ahead of her time.
    Would definitely recommend this book - had me gripped right to the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Bellegarde du Razes, France 01/12/2013
    Judith Bellegarde du Razes, France 01/12/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "What a versatile writer!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Sealed Letter the most enjoyable?

    The suspense.




    What did you like best about this story?

    Its authenticity and depth of research.


    Which character – as performed by Charlotte Strevens – was your favourite?

    Fido


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Female Futility


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot believe that the author of "Room" (itself an excellent, nail-biting story) wrote this brilliant exposé of 19th century female subjugation in pacey, narrative form. The way she weaves her impressive knowledge of Human Rights history into such a gripping, emotive tale is remarkable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ginny hertford, United Kingdom 28/03/2013
    ginny hertford, United Kingdom 28/03/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "enjoyable read"

    I really enjoyed this book. I thought there were one or two clunky references to contemporaneous inventions but the characters were engaging and the plot moves along at a great pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Karen
    Westbury, Australia
    21/06/12
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    "So, so good"

    I was attracted to this book because I really enjoyed listening to Room by the same author. At first, I wasn't sure I would find the subject matter too compelling but the characters are so beautifully crafted and the storyline is interesting. The book is very well researched, as becomes obvious in the afterword, and Emma Donoghue used the research to create a detailed and fascinating picture of the daily lives and larger events in the year 1864. Judging by the information freely available about Fido Faithful and the Codringtons, the author has remained true to real events and brought them and the times they occurred in, beautifully to life. The narrator is also excellent and conveys the different characters and their foibles in fine subtlety.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mia
    Oslo, Norway
    28/11/12
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    "Change the narrator-I lasted 15 minutes"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Another narrator


    What was most disappointing about Emma Donoghue’s story?

    The narrator ruined it all


    How could the performance have been better?

    I wish Stephen Fry could have read this. Yes, Isay that


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sealed Letter?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to be able to read this, but no!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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