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Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
  

Anatomy of a Scandal

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This brilliantly biting thriller explores the unpleasant underbelly of power in all its forms, from the all-pervasive influence of the privileged elite, to the deeply embedded, deeply devastating patriarchal power that can permeate the most personal of relationships. Handsome, charismatic James is a rising political figure. Best friend to the Prime Minister since their decadent days as members of Oxford University’s exclusive Libertines society, he seems to have it all - privilege, power, plus perfect children with Sophie, the attractive wife he met at Oxford. When James has an affair, and is later accused of an appalling crime, Sophie is hurt beyond words, but remains loyal. “Of course he is innocent,” she tells herself. “Despite the humiliation he has heaped on her”, despite the heinousness of the crime he stands accused of, she still “wants James”. But Kate, the sharp-minded, socially-conscious prosecuting barrister, is certain he’s guilty, and set on proving it. She’s all too aware of the damaging effects of social inequalities, of there being one rule for wealthy Etonian types with the weight of the elite establishment behind them, and another rule for the less privileged, and for women.

This is a full-on, all-out page-turner from start to finish, with many moments that will induce outraged fist shaking (the courtroom scenes during which James’s lawyer ruthlessly cross-examines his accuser being one pertinent example). Tense and timely, this relentlessly potent read raises important questions about contemporary Britain while it grips. ~ Joanne Owen

If you like Sarah Vaughan you might also like to read books by Fern Britton, Jenny Colgan and Mhairi McFarlane.

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Synopsis

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case - she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes. A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming. A scandal that will rock Westminster. And the women caught at the heart of it.

Reviews

'You want to believe your husband. She wants to destroy him. `The best courtroom drama since Apple Tree Yard ... sensational' Clare Mackintosh

`A compelling and cautionary story about how we can never truly know someone else; how even after twelve years of marriage, a wife might not know everything about her husband. Brilliant, shocking, and gripping, once I started, I couldn't stop reading' Claire Fuller, bestselling author of Our Endless Numbered Days

'That rare book that combines great writing, spot-on characterisation and a compulsive, page-turning narrative. I read it in one breathless day. Set against a fascinating backdrop of the Houses of Parliament, the Old Bailey and Oxford University, think House of Cards meets The Secret History. Meticulously researched, this is an outstanding read' Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle

`Anatomy of a Scandal has bestseller written all over it' Veronica Henry, author of The Forever House

`I was hooked right from the start. So beautifully written, clever and compelling. I was gripped right up to the final page' Claire Douglas, bestselling author of The Sisters and Local Girl Missing

`Am I allowed to choose my book of the year in May? Anatomy of a Scandal is astoundingly good - a tour de force. I absolutely loved it' Eve Chase, bestselling author of Black Rabbit Hall

`Fearless, thought-provoking, unflinching, fascinating, beautifully written' Rosie Walsh, author of Ghosted

`Incredibly authentic, highly involving character drama here, in a story that could easily be ripped from the headlines' Booklikes.com

About the Author

Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan read English at Oxford and went on to become a journalist. After eleven years at the Guardian working as a news reporter, health correspondent and political correspondent, she started freelancing. THE ART OF BAKING BLIND is her first novel and she is now working on her second. Sarah lives near Cambridge with her husband and two small children.

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Publication date

1st January 2018

Author

Sarah Vaughan

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Hardback
400 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Exclusive Pre-Publication
Family Drama
Relationship Stories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781471164996

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