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Trollope's magnificent and prescient satire about a dishonest financier who buys his way into a corrupt society, and throws it into turmoil

When the Melmottes arrive in London everyone agrees their manners are wanting, their taste is excerable and their lineage and background decidedly shadowy. But their money is far from revolting, and city society quickly makes allowances for the mysterious financier and his family. Soon hearts, minds and family savings are swept into the whirl of Augustus Melmotte's lavish parties and exciting investment plans - but is it all an elaborate swindle?

Reviews

Trollope's masterpiece...its examination of how hopes of easy money can corrupt individuals and sections of society remains relevant today... It is all too easy to imagine the "Great Financier", Augustus Melmotte a shadowy, egotistical and tyrannical swindler, at the top of a contemporary investment bank.

Observer

Dominating the narrative is the majestically dishonest Augustus Melmotte: a speculative railroad financier who buys an English society only too willing to sell itself...The darkest of Trollope's 47 novels.

Guardian

A tale of financial skulduggery reminiscent of recent city scandals

Daily Telegraph

His subtle depiction of relationships and the struggle to make decisions is unrivalled. He's so funny, so perceptive, so clear-sighted about the pursuit of money and power and status. Everyone with a pulse should read him.

Francesca Simon, Guardian

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  • Paperback

    9780099528661

    March 1, 2012

    Vintage Classics

    880 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780140433920

    April 28, 1994

    Penguin Classics

    816 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • The Way We Live Now
    Anthony Trollope

    EBook

    9780141905617

    August 14, 1995

    Penguin eBooks

    816 pages

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