Desperate Remedies

Thomas Hardy’s first published novel, Desperate Remedies is a thrilling blend of Gothic mystery and love-triangle romance.After the untimely death of their parents, Cytheria...

The Fiddler of the Reels

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) was an English novelist and poet whose work is best known for combining the traditions of Romanticism with a realistic portayal of a declining rural...

Under the Greenwood Tree

Under the Greenwood Tree is an affectionate and youthful portrait of a world Hardy knew well - village life in ‘Wessex’ - in which a romantic tale is set against changing...

The Three Strangers

When a stranger turns up at Shepherd Fennel's party, held in honour of his daughter's christening, he is welcomed and treated to home-brewed mead, a pipe and tobacco and a seat by...

Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Tess Durbeyfield, a peasant girl and cast-off descendant of English aristocracy, has become one of the most famous female protagonists in 19th-century British literature. Betrayed...

The Mayor of Casterbridge

Michael Henchard, drunk at a country fair, sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas. The following day, in despair and remorse, he forswears alcohol and sets out to...

Far From the Madding Crowd

In a remote corner of early Victorian England, where traditional practices remain untouched by time, Bathsheba Everdene stands out as a beacon of female independence and...

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Socially critical and emotionally complex, Tess of the D’Urbervilles is Hardy’s masterpiece. It tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield, forced by her family’s poverty to claim...

The Trumpet-Major

War threatens the rich, green fields of Wessex in Hardy's historical novel, The Trumpet-Major. The Napoleonic Wars are at their height, and upheaval and uncertainty plague British...

Wessex Tales

Wessex Tales, a collection of short stories including The Three Strangers, The Withered Arm and The Distracted Preacher, deals with a number of timeless themes seen so often in...

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