Released on 13 October 2011.

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The Sealed Letter

3.32 based on 4099 ratings & 585 reviews on

2012 Long-listed

Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction


'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.

In the media

Briskly written, deftly plotted and nicely ironic
Blissfully readable
The Times
Very enjoyable
Independent on Sunday