HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Anthony Trollope, 24 April
I adore the novels of Anthony Trollope. Fortunately, he wrote 47 of them, so there is plenty to feed my Trollope addiction. His best known are of course the 6 novels in the Barsetshire series (the clerical novels) and the 6 novels in the Palliser series (the political novels), but there is so much else to enjoy. Try reading his fabulous Miss Mackenzie about a spinster who suddenly finds herself possessed of money, and stripped of demanding relatives. Ayala’s Angel is another excellent read, and so is He Knew he was Right which is a brilliant study of manic depression. Then there’s John Caldigate, The Way We Live Now, Rachel Ray, Mr Scarborough’s Family, Ralph the Heir, and the list goes on …
Trollope really was a wonderful man and writer. He wrote short stories, travel books, a play, and biographies, as well as his autobiography, but the novels are what you keep going back to. The Trollope Society The Trollope Society in the UK, of which I am a member, produces excellent publications with articles, reviews and reports of their events. I wish I lived nearer and could attend more meetings. However, the only place in the world named after Anthony Trollope is in Australia – Trollope’s Reach on the Hawkesbury River. He once enjoyed a picnic there, and along with fellow Aussie Trollopians, I have enjoyed a picnic there too – all great fun.
The very best way to enjoy Trollope is to listen to the books read by actor Timothy West. His voice is simply made to read Trollope and he does the range of voices and emotions quite brilliantly.
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The Chronicles of Barsetshire by Anthony Trollope
Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope
Ayala’s Angel (Complete Set Volume 1,2 and 3) a Novel By Anthony Trollope
He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope
John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope
Mr Scarborough’s Family by Anthony Trollope
Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
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