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The Sealed Letter - Emma Donoghue

The Sealed Letter - Emma Donoghue

Title: The Sealed Letter

Author:  Emma Donoghue

ISBN:  9781447205975

Weight:  951g

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The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue

After a separation of many years, Emily ‘Fido’ Faithfull bumps into her old friend Helen Codrington on the streets of Victorian London.  Much has changed: Helen is more and more unhappy in her marriage to the older Vice-Admiral Codrington, while Fido has become a successful woman of business and a pioneer in the British Women’s Movement.  But, for all her independence of mind, Fido is too trusting of her once-dear companion and finds herself drawn into aiding Helen’s obsessive affair with a young army officer.

When the Vice-Admiral seizes the children and sues for divorce, the women’s friendship unravels amid accusations of adultery and counter-accusations of cruelty and attempted rape, as well as a mysterious ‘sealed letter’ that could destroy more than one life…

Based on blow-by-blow newspaper reports of the 1864 Codrington Divorce, The Sealed Letter, full of sparkling characters and wicked dialogue, is a thought-provoking mystery and gripping drama of friends, lovers and marriage.

Peer & Press Reviews

A wicked tale of Sex and the Victorian City…  Donoghue weaves an engrossing and often quite funny melodrama about a bad, bad girl who bursts the seams of this corseted world – it’s 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.

Seattle Times

A real page-turner, like the Victorian potboilers Fido reads in secret.  It is also a sensitively-managed story of female friendship gone wrong; an essay on the manners and mores of Victorian London; a history of the early pioneers of the women’s movement; and a thriller about adultery… an involving story, impeccably researched and a pleasure to read.

Sunday Business Post

The author interlaces hard-hitting historical fact and imaginative fiction into the narrative with a deft and breezy touch: the reader can almost hear the characters’ voices long after closing the book.

Sunday Telegraph

Bibliographic Info

TitleThe Sealed Letter
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Jacket noteOn the front of the jacket is a promotional sticker for Room (see image).  WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Orange prize for fiction 2012 – longlist

Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction 2009 – joint winner

Scotiabank Giller Prize 2008 – longlist

Book Stats
PublisherPan Macmillan
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139781447205975
ISBN 101447205979
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)223 x 145 x 38mm
Design Credits
Author photographAndrew Bainbridge
Jacket designKatie Tooke
Jacket photographHilary Walker

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