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Anatomy of a Scandal

soon to be a major Netflix series


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.

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.

The audio edition of Anatomy of a Scandal is read for you by Julie Teal, Luke Thompson, Esther Wane and Sarah Feathers.

© Phil Mynott

Sarah Vaughan read English at Oxford University and went on to become a journalist. After training at the Press Association, she spent eleven years at the Guardian as a news reporter and political correspondent before leaving to freelance and write fiction. Anatomy of a Scandal, her third novel, and her first for Simon & Schuster, was a Sunday Times top five bestseller, a Kindle number one bestseller, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick and has been translated into 22 languages. It is currently being developed as a Netflix series. Little Disasters has been published in the UK and US and will be published in France, Sweden, Portugal and Spain. Sarah lives near Cambridge with her husband and two children.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK (January 11, 2018)
  • Runtime: 10 hours and 56 minutes
  • ISBN13: 9781471167010

'Deftly plotted and superbly well researched, with an eerie relevance to the current debate surrounding the attitudes to and experiences of women in Westminster, Hollywood and beyond. An intelligent, absorbing page-turner that avoids all knee-jerk assumptions and easy answers'

– Laura Barnett, author of The Versions of Us

‘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

‘Sarah Vaughan drip feeds revelations while exploring the power and privilege of political elite’

– Good Housekeeping

‘Think last year’s drama Liar with a dash of Apple Tree Yard

– Sunday Mirror

'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

‘A timely thriller about marriage, but also about power, who wields it, and how that affects who we believe’

– Stylist

‘Expertly plotted courtroom drama … Gripping and beautifully written’

– Sunday Post

‘Marks a shift in genre for Vaughan and promises to explore the nature of power and privilege among the country’s political elite’

– Belfast Telegraph

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