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The greatest of all Cathedral City novels and the first real success of its author’s remarkable literary career, Trollope’s classic social comedy remains as shrewd, sparkling and delightful as when it first appeared.
As the Bishop of Barchester lies on his deathbed, the question of his succession arises. Soon a pitched battle has broken out between traditionalists and reformers, including the evangelical Dr Proudie, his terrifying wife and the unctuous schemer Obadiah Slope. As the plotting and backstabbing reach unholy proportions, they threaten to shake the cathedral city of Barchester to its foundations.
Trollope’s comic masterpiece is one of the best-loved novels in his Chronicles of Barsetshire series, which captured the rapidly-changing provincial society of nineteenth-century England with wit, worldly wisdom and an unparalleled gift for characterisation.