One could mark it down as the latest mark of a wave of sympathy for Anthony Trollope on the 200th anniversary of his birth, but The Warden has been named the best novel ever sold by the bookshop Hatchards in London since the shop opened in 1797.
The Warden is, indeed, a wonderful, quintessential English book, filled with humor, satire sharp as a blade wielded by a man who wishes us to feel the steel of correction without landing a cut, and a warmth that brings all of the various British character traits to life in ways that no other English writer has ever done.
Leo Tolstoy felt Trollope’s mastery, too. “Trollope kills me with his excellence,” the master wrote. High praise, but words Trollope deserves. Put The Warden on your TBR list. You’ll be glad you did.