The Guardian: Trollope tops Hatchards poll as best novel of past 200 years

The GuardianLondon’s oldest bookshop, Hatchards, chooses the first installment of Anthony Trollope’s Barsetshire Chronicles, The Warden, as best novel published since the shop’s opening in 1797. The customers of Hatchards chose Trollope’s “gentle satire” of the Church of England, The Warden, as their favorite novel of the past 200 years. An initial list of about 100 titles was drawn up by Hatchards, drawn from books published in the 218 years since the shop opened on Piccadilly, was then whittled down to a shortlist of six. Then, using a mix of public votes and sales to determine the winner, The Warden emerged victorious.

Hatchards has commissioned a limited print run of the book from Penguin Classics, with the hardback featuring a new Hatchards introductory page and William Morris endpapers, as well as a new cover design.

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Posted on: November 30th, 2015 by Douglas Gerlach

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