Joanna Trollope's Favourite
19th-Century Novels

Beginning in the Spring of 2002, The Guardian, the UK's most popular newspaper began assembling a list of books to form the "Guardian Essential Library." Dozens of writers were and are being asked to choose 10 essential books from their respective fields. The Guardian began publishing these lists on June 1, 2002. This list of ten favourite 19th century novels was assembled by Joanna Trollope. Ms. Trollope, a descendant of Anthony Trollope and a #1 bestselling author in England, is the author of NEXT OF KIN, MARRYING THE MISTRESS, OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN, THE BEST OF FRIENDS, and A SPANISH LOVER, as well as THE CHOIR and THE RECTOR'S WIFE, which were both adapted for Masterpiece Theatre. Writing as Caroline Harvey, she is also the author of the historical novels THE BRASS DOLPHIN, LEGACY OF LOVE, and A SECOND LEGACY. For her comments on each of the titles listed in the table below click HERE.


1 George Eliot Middlemarch
2 Anthony Trollope The Last Chronicle of Barset
3 Jane Austen Persuasion
4 W. M. Thackery Vanity Fair
5 Thomas Hardy The Mayor of Casterbridge
6 Wilkie Collins The Moonstone
7 Charles Dickens Bleak House
8 Mrs. Gaskell North and South
9 Henry James Portrait of a Lady
10 Sir Walter Scott Rob Roy