The Mayor of Casterbridge

Thomas Hardy
Illustrated by Peter Reddick
Preface by the author

A meteoric social rise and fall is at the heart of Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge. This stunning new Folio Society edition is part of our Wessex novels collection.

A shameful act of drunken impetuousness results in Michael Henchard losing his wife and daughter in an auction. This evil deed remains secret for years, during which time Henchard climbs the social ladder from working as a roving hay-trusser to becoming the upstanding Mayor of Casterbridge. An intricate tale of duplicity, comeuppance and regret, this novel puts its characters’ principles to the test. 

‘Hardy saw the passion in the lives of ordinary country people: shepherds, milkmaids, village musicians, and expressed it with great power and empathy.’

  1. Telegraph

Bound in cloth blocked with a decorative motif
Set in Baskerville
336 pages
36 integrated black & white woodcut illustrations

Printed map endpapers
Printed slipcase
9˝ × 5¾˝

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