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With sympathy and care, Trollope observes the romances of two controversial heroines in the first of his Palliser novels

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY D. J. TAYLOR

Alice Vavasor should be married to the sensible, kindly John Grey. But despite what her respectable relations might think, Alice cannot quite reconcile herself to this fate. Once upon a time she was engaged to her wild cousin George, and now he stands in need of her money and, perhaps too, her good influence. Meanwhile Alice's friend Lady Glencora has married the rising politician Plantagenet Palliser, but is still pursued by Burgo Fitzgerald, the handsome rascal she loves.

In this hugely compelling novel,Trollope shows the two women struggling to reconcile heart, mind and moral code whilst enduring the stifling scrutiny of their contemporaries.

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Anthony Trollope knew more about women than any other novelist of his time

Joanna Trollope

He is not a soothing writer at all, in fact he's rather subversive. Nobody gets away with anything in Trollope

Victoria Glendinning

Trollope is wonderful, a major novelist, a joy... particularly admire his empathy with his characters, and the way in which he describes women...unique among male novelists, better even than Henry James, in his ability to enter the lives of women characters, and women on their own

P.D. James

Pithy and pungent, almost like Jane Austen

Amanda Craig

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    9780099528647

    March 1, 2012

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    784 pages

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  • Can You Forgive Her?
    Anthony Trollope, Anthony Trollope

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    9781857151954

    November 15, 1994

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    448 pages

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    9780140430868

    June 27, 1974

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    864 pages

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    Anthony Trollope, Anthony Trollope

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    9780141904832

    March 1, 1973

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