'Vital, passionate, spirited - from the moment Bathsheba appears she is beguiling' Independent
When Bathsheba Everdean arrives in the small village of Weatherbury she captures the heart of three very different men; Gabriel Oak, a quiet shepherd, the proud, obdurate Farmer Boldwood and dashing, unscrupulous Sergeant Troy. The battle for her affections will have dramatic, tragic and surprising consequences in this classic tale of love and misunderstanding.
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
Hardy's warmest and most enchanting novel
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
Hardy expounds on his favourite themes: misunderstandings, missed opportunities, unrequited love and fatal omissions
The age-old dilemma - mind-blowing passion versus a man who knows how to put up shelves
From Bram Stoker's Whitby to the sprawling country pile that inspired Virginia Woolf's Orlando, this is the definitive staycation travel guide for book lovers.