Monday, 8 December 2014

Who's Who in Thomas Hardy

Who's who in Thomas Hardy is a book by Huw Barker Rahane that needs to be on the bookshelves of every Thomas Hardy fan in the world.

For the first time in years, certainly for the first time this century, someone has taken the time and trouble to methodically catalogue all fictional characters that grace the great works of one of the giants of English Literature, Thomas Hardy.

There's a handy key at the beginning of the book, next comes an alphabetical register of characters, cross-referenced to the book in which they appear. All 210 of them.

Part 1 covers the novels. There's a potted retelling of the story, then sometimes very detailed descriptions of the characters and how they relate to other characters in the book.

Part 2 covers the collections, the other works of Thomas Hardy.

There's even a short Thomas Hardy themed quiz at the end of the book.

At a mere £5.99 this book must be in the Christmas stocking of every student of English literature and every fan of Thomas Hardy.

It is published by Austin Macauley and the ISBN is 978 178455 020 2.

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