• "Vital, passionate, spirited - from the moment Bathsheba appears she is beguiling. You can denounce her faults - she's selfish and capricious - but it's hard not to admire her determined independence"

    Di Speirs (executive producer of readings at the BBC), Independent
  • "Hardy's warmest and most enchanting novel"

    Daily Express
  • "Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd is the most romantic book I have ever read. I love the line where he says: "Whenever you look up, there I shall be - and whenever I look up there will be you." It is very simple and understated, but also incredibly romantic"

    Liz Jensen, Independent
  • "Hardy expounds on his favourite themes: misunderstandings, missed opportunities, unrequited love and fatal omissions"

    Sunday Times
  • "The age-old dilemma - mind-blowing passion versus a man who knows how to put up shelves"