'Tremendous...utterly absorbing' Independent
Proud, passionate Eustacia Vye marries Clym Yeobright in the hope that he will help her escape her cramped rural existence. But when their relationship falters and her old lover Damon Wildeve reappears with an unexpected inheritance, Eustacia is faced with a series of decisions upon which multiple lives depend. In a world where misunderstandings can be fatal, Hardy’s atmospheric tragedy moves inevitably towards a disastrous climax on the brooding wilds of Egdon Heath.
'Hardy's novels hold a Shakespearean power of creating a unique world' John Bayley
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"Throbs with a very Victorian sense of geologies, pre-histories and even astronomy; you can feel the planet moving under the feet"
"Inimitably brooding style"
"Besides my complete identification with its heroine, I loved the sheer relentless power of the writing."
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Thomas Hardy is perhaps one of the most famous English writers of all time, as his books challenged the oppressive Victorian social conventions and as a result he faced much criticism. Here are five of his best books.
They broke boundaries and challenged conceptions. We asked you for your must-read classics; from timeless non-fiction to iconic bestsellers, these are your essential recommends. Books ranked in no particular order. Jump to: 25 | 50 | 75 | 100