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The Woodlanders

Thomas Hardy / Peter Joyce
This novel was described as one of Hardys' best and indeed one of the better novels of the latter part of the 19th century. With its publication the author entered into a period of controversy which was to follow him for the rest of his life.Grace Melbury the timber merchant's daughter comes back to Little Hintock after some years at finishing school. She was the childhood sweetheart of Giles Winterborne a compassionate caring man who works in the village.Melbury senior has promised himself that Grace and Giles will be married to recompense for him taking Giles' father's betrothed many years before. However Grace is a different woman now a sophisticated creature and the suave knowledgeable local doctor Fitzpiers takes an interest in her.Melbury goes back on his word.... But has Grace changed all that much? And is the doctor the honest professional man he pretends to be? The story is not without flashes of humour with a rich background of detail and the humanity that characterised Hardy's work which leads him to question the injustice of the marriage laws in this tale.Public Domain (P)2013 Assembled Stories

  • Published by Assembled Stories
  • Fiction/Non-FictionFiction
  • Genre General Fiction
  • Target Audience Adult
  • Released 12th March 2013
  • Duration 16 Hrs. 23 Mins.
  • ISBN 9781860153709