The Chronicles of Barsetshire by Anthony Trollope

The Chronicles of Barsetshire by Anthony Trollope
Genres: Classics - Victorian

I am ready to tackle the Barsetshire novels by Anthony Trollope, which make up slightly more than 10% of my Classics Club reads. I plan to read at least the first three in the next few months, beginning with The Warden (which I have already finished, although I’ve not yet written up my post), continuing to Barchester Towers, and from there, on to Doctor Thorne. I am doing them as a read-along with my Goodreads group.

The Chronicles of Barsetshire were published between 1855 and 1867, and are set in the fictional county of Barsetshire, which roughly corresponds to Dorset. They chronicle the dealings of the clergy and the gentry in the cathedral town of Barchester, and pay special attention to the political and social manoevering that goes on between the members of those two classes.

Nearly a hundred years later, English novelist Angela Thirkell adopted the fictional Barsetshire as the setting for many of her novels. I’ve read one of her Barsetshire novels – Wild Strawberries – and really enjoyed it. Her books are a bit hard to find, and have not yet been issued in electronic format, which is unfortunate, as the one that I read was delightful.


  1. I have the first three shelved, unread. You have inspired me to finally move them to the front of the queue AFTER I read a couple of book club selections. Thank you for reminding me why I bought them….my kind of story/characters/the church. I have read Thirkell, but didn’t know her writing connection to Barsetshire. I will begin the hunt for Wild Strawberries. This is a great blog. Glad I am following.

  2. I have read a book by Anthony Trollope (I think), and remember being pleasantly surprised.
    Over here from the A to Z.

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