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  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
    Tess of the d'Urbervilles (English, Paperback) Thomas Hardy

    A novel of hypocrisy and double standards. It tells of Tess Durbeyfield, the daughter of a poor and dissipated villager, who learns that she may be descended from the ancient family of d'Urbeville. In her search for respectability her fortunes fluctuate wildly, and the story assumes the proportions of a Greek tragedy.

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  • Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
    Far from the Madding Crowd (English, Paperback) Thomas Hardy

    Set in Wessex countryside, this is a story of a young farmer Gabriel Oak and his love for and pursuit of the elusive Bathsheba Everdene, whose wayward nature leads her to both tragedy and true love.

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  • The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
    The Mayor of Casterbridge (English, Paperback) Thomas Hardy

    Set in the heart of the Wessex, this book charts the rise and downfall of a single 'man of character'. It's moving and contrived narrative is Shakespearian in its force, and features some of the author's episodes and passages of description.

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  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
    Tess of the d'Urbervilles (English, Paperback) Thomas Hardy

    Young Tess Durbeyfield attempts to restore her family's fortunes by claiming their connection with the aristocratic d'Urbervilles. But Alec d'Urberville is a rich wastrel who seduces her and makes her life miserable. When Tess meets Angel Clare, she is offered true love and happiness, but her past catches up with her and she faces an agonizing moral choice....

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  • Wessex Poems and Other Verses by Thomas Hardy
    Wessex Poems and Other Verses (Hardback) Thomas Hardy

    A collectible new Penguin Classics series: stunning, clothbound editions of ten favourite poets, which present each poet's most famous book of verse as it was originally published. Designed by the acclaimed Coralie Bickford-Smith and beautifully set, these slim, A format volumes are the ultimate gift editions for poetry lovers. ...

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  • Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
    Under the Greenwood Tree (English, Paperback) Thomas Hardy

    A portrayal of a picturesque rural society, tinged with gentle humour and irony, it is Hardy's most bright, confident and optimistic novel.

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  • Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy
    Wessex Tales (English, Paperback) Thomas Hardy

    Wessex Tales was the first collection of Hardy's short stories, and they reflect the experience of a novelist at the height of his powers.

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  • Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
    Far From the Madding Crowd (English, Paperback) Thomas Hardy

    Bathsheba Everdene, a proud working woman whose life is complicated by three different men - respectable farmer Boldwood, seductive Sergeant Troy and devoted Gabriel - making her the object of scandal and betrayal.

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  • The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
    The Return of the Native (English, Paperback) Thomas Hardy

    The central figure of this novel is the returning "native", Clym Yeobright, and his love for the beautiful but capricious Eustacia Vye.

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  • The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy
    The Trumpet-Major (English, Paperback) Thomas Hardy

    The novel is set in Wessex during the Napoleonic Wars. It interweaves a romantic love story of the rivalry of two brothers for the hand of the heroine Anne Garland. It also contains elements of sadness and even tragedy.

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  • Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
    Two on a Tower (Paperback) Thomas Hardy

    Tells the story of Lady Constantine, who breaks all the rules of decorum when she falls in love with the beautiful youth Swithin St Cleeve, her social inferior and ten years her junior. Together, in an ancient monument converted into an astronomical observation tower, they create their own private universe.

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  • Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
    Under the Greenwood Tree (English, Paperback) Thomas Hardy

    While the Reverend Maybold creates a furore among the village's musicians with his decision to abolish the church's traditional 'string choir' and replace it with a modern mechanical organ, the new schoolteacher, Fancy Day, causes an upheaval of a more romantic nature, winning the hearts of 3 men - a local farmer, a church musician and Maybold.

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  • Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
    Jude the Obscure (English, Paperback) Thomas Hardy

    Moving to Christminster to work as a stonemason, Jude meets and falls in love with his cousin Sue Bridehead, a sensitive, freethinking "New Woman". Refusing to marry merely for the sake of religious convention, Jude and Sue decide instead to live together, but they are shunned by society, and poverty soon threatens to ruin them.

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  • Life's Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy
    Life's Little Ironies (English, Paperback) Thomas Hardy

    Contains tales that tenderly re-create a vanishing rural world and scrutinise the repressions of fin-de-siecle bourgeois life. This book contains tales and sketches that possess the wealth of description, the portrayal of the quaint lore of Wessex, the 'Chaucerian' humour and characterisation, the shrewd and critical psychology.

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  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
    Tess of the D'Urbervilles (English, Hardback) Thomas Hardy

    When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her 'cousin' Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent.

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  • The Well-Beloved with The Pursuit of the Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy
    The Well-Beloved with The Pursuit of the Well-Beloved (English, Paperback) Thomas Hardy

    Jocelyn Pierston, celebrated sculptor, tries to create an image of his ideal woman - his imaginary "Well-Beloved" - in stone, just as he tries to find her in the flesh.

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  • Jude The Obscure by Thomas Hardy
    Jude The Obscure (Hardback) Thomas Hardy

    Hardy's last novel is the story of a young working man destroyed by the partial fulfilment of his dreams. He is torn between his desires for the life of the body and the life of the mind, as represented by two women - the vulgar but lustrous Arabella and the refined and frigid Sue.

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  • Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
    Far from the Madding Crowd (English, Paperback) Thomas Hardy

    Far from the Madding Crowd was the first of Hardy's novels to give the name of Wessex to the landscape of the south-west of England, and the first to gain him widespread popularity. The story of the wooing of Bathsheba Everdene by three suitors is here presented in a critical text with a new introduction, bibliography and chronology.

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  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
    Tess of the D'Urbervilles (English, Paperback) Thomas Hardy

    When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her 'cousin' Alec proves to be her downfall.

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  • The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy
    The Woodlanders (English, Paperback) Thomas Hardy

    Educated beyond her station, Grace Melbury returns to the woodland village of little Hintock and cannot marry her intended, Giles Winterborne. Her alternative choice proves disastrous.

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