Trollope's moving, insightful exploration of moral dilemmas fought in public and private
Mr Harding is a good man, the warden to an alms house which provides a peaceful home to twelve old men. The young and zealous John Bold is also a good man, but he believes he sees in Harding's comfortable existence an injustice which must be exposed. The law, the church and the self-righteous national press all have their say in the scandal that ensues, causing a crisis in the hearts and minds of many in the quiet country town of Barchester.
The first book in Anthony Trollope's Barchester Chronicles
“His books are my lifelong love. He wrote 47 in total and I must have read them all; some twice. As I'm old and forgetful, I can just pick them up and start again and just know that they're going to be wonderful. My favourite is The Warden. It's a fascinating tale about the church and Victorian manners.”
Pru Leith, Sunday Telegraph
“What a treat, if you like Austen, or Pym, or anyone who gives an account of petty relationships in a Deanery Close or other small community. Why did Freud bother? This is so much better, and truer”
“An affecting and delicate short novel”
“His characters are real, truthfully felt and never patronised by their creator”