The Warden

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Random House, Feb 29, 2012 - Fiction - 224 pages

The first book in Anthony Trollope's Barchester Chronicles is a moving, insightful exploration of moral dilemmas fought in public and private.

Mr Harding is a good man, the warden to an alms house which provides a peaceful home to twelve old men. The young and zealous John Bold is also a good man, but he believes he sees in Harding's comfortable existence an injustice which must be exposed. The law, the church and the self-righteous national press all have their say in the scandal that ensues, causing a crisis in the hearts and minds of many in the quiet country town of Barchester.

‘An affecting and delicate short novel’ Guardian

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User Review  - JaneSteen - LibraryThing

Where I got the book: audiobook on Audible. This is the first novel in the Barchester Chronicles—attentive friends may remember that I listened to the second novel, Barchester Towers, first, loved it ... Read full review

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There is not a huge amount of plot to this novel and the Goodreads blurb sums it up really. There is humour in Mr Harding's fear of the archdeacon, but the story is very topical and references several ... Read full review

Contents

Hirams Hospital
1
The Barehester Reformer
20
Hirams Bedesmeu
32
Dr Grantly Visits the Hospital
41
The Wardeus Tea Party
66
Plumstead Episcopi
72
The Conference
84
Tribulation
94
Mr Bolds Visit to Plumstead
117
The Wardens Decision
134
Tom Towers Dr Anticaut
144
A Long Day in London
158
Sir Abraham Hzlphazard
172
The Warden ls Very Obstinate
185
Farewell
196
Copyright

lphigenia
106

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Anthony Trollope was born on 24 April 1815 and attended both Harrow and Winchester schools. His family were poor and eventually were forced to move to Belgium, where his father died. His mother, Frances Trollope, supported the family through writing. Trollope began a life-long career in the civil service with a position as clerk in the General Post Office in London - he is also credited with later introducing the pillar box. He published his first novel, The Macdermots of Ballycloran in 1847, but his fourth novel, The Warden (1855) began the series of 'Barsetshire' novels for which he was to become best known. This series of five novels featuring interconnecting characters spanned twenty years of Trollope's career as a novelist, as did the 'Palliser' series. He wrong over 47 novels in total, as well as short stories, biographies, travel books and his own autobiography, which was published posthumously in 1883. Trollope resigned from the Post Office in 1867 and stood for Parliament as a Liberal, though he was not elected. He died on 6 December 1882.

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