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The Woodlanders

Thomas Hardy / Rufus Sewell
Hardy’s favourite of his own novels; a powerful work with brooding sexual undertones ahead of its time in addressing themes of divorce social inequality and land tenure. Now a film starring Rufus Sewell.Grace Melbury the only daughter of a timber-merchant arrives home in Little Hintock after an expensive education and her father looks to find a husband for her. There are two rivals for her hand: Giles Winterbourne a good-hearted yeoman and her childhood sweetheart and Edred Fitzpiers an ambitious young doctor of good family. Fitzpiers wins her but the mismatch brings unhappiness not just to the young couple but to a wider circle in the woodland community.The Woodlanders is one of Hardy’s most powerful works and the one he liked best. With brooding sexual undertones it addresses themes about which the author held strong views - the laws of divorce the inequalities of society and the uncertainty of land tenure.Thomas Hardy's The Woodlanders is a top-tier fiction classic that delves into the intricacies of societal expectations and personal ambitions. Its enduring relevance and compelling narrative make it an essential addition to any literary collection.For fans of George Eliot (Middlemarch) Jane Austen (Mansfield Park) Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell) Emily Brontë (Wuthering Heights) and Diane Long Hoeveler (The Castle of Wolfenbach).

  • Published by HarperCollins UK
  • Fiction/Non-FictionFiction
  • Genre Classic
  • Target Audience Adult
  • Released 15th June 2005
  • Duration 02 Hrs. 48 Mins.
  • ISBN 9780007218820