The Eustace Diamonds

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Penguin Books, 1969 - Courtship - 779 pages
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The third novel in Trollopes Palliser series, The Eustace Diamonds bears all the hallmarks of his later works, blending dark cynicism with humor and a keen perception of human nature. Following the death of her husband, Sir Florian, beautiful Lizzie Eustace mysteriously comes into possession of a hugely expensive diamond necklace. She maintains it was a gift from her husband, but the Eustace lawyers insist she give it up, and while her cousin Frank takes her side, her new lover, Lord Fawn, declares that he will only marry her if the necklace is surrendered. As gossip and scandal intensify, Lizzies truthfulness is thrown into doubt, and, in her desire to keep the jewels, she is driven to increasingly desperate acts.

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Thrilling, fascinating read with a great plot. - Goodreads
I was a bit disappointed in the ending. - Goodreads
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Review: The Eustace Diamonds (Palliser #3)

User Review  - Marti - Goodreads

Although this is part of the Pallisers' series (and I have only read one other in the series many years ago) each installment can be read on its own. Lizzie Eustace, the heroine, is a selfish ... Read full review

Review: The Eustace Diamonds (Palliser #3)

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The writing was sloppier and more repetitive than the first two Palliser novels - and the anti-Semitic stuff is hard to take - but I'm really enjoying the series and what he has to say about people. Read full review

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Novelist Anthony Trollope was born in London, England on April 24, 1815. He attended many famous schools but as a large, awkward boy, he never felt in place among the aristocrats he met there. In 1834, he became a junior clerk in the General Post Office, London. He spent seven years there in poverty until his transfer, in 1841, to Banagher, Ireland as a deputy postal surveyor. He became more financially secure and in 1844, he married Rose Heseltine. He wanted to discover the reasons for Irish discontent. In 1843, he began working on his first novel The Macdermots of Ballycloran which was published in 1847. He was sent on many postal missions. He spent a year is Belfast, in 1853, then went to Donnybrook, near Dublin. He also went to Egypt, Scotland and the West Indies to finally settle outside of London, at Waltham Cross, as a surveyor general in the Post Office. At this point, he was writing constantly. Some of the writings during this time were The Noble Jilt, Barchester Towers, and The Last Chronicle of Barset. In 1867, he tried editorship of St. Paul's Magazine but soon gave up because he didn't feel suited for the job. In 1871, he went on a visit to a son in Australia. At sea, he wrote Lady Anna on the voyage out and Australia and New Zealand on the voyage back. The Autobiography was written between October 1875 and April 1876 but was not published until after his death. Suffering from asthma and possible angina pectoris, he moved to Harting Grange. He wrote three more novels during 1881 than, in 1882, went to Ireland to begin research for The Landleaguers. In November that year, he suffered a paralytic stroke and he died on December 6, 1882.

John Sutherland is Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London. He has
edited a number of World's Classics, including works by Anthony Trollope, Wilkie Collins, and Thackeray. He has written and edited a number of other works. He also writes a regular column for the Guardian and reviews for a number of journals as well as on the radio.

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