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Summary

Originally published in 1878, Is He Popenjoy? is a delightful comic novel written late in the career of author Anthony Trollope. The plot revolves around the themes of property and inheritance, as the relatives of the Marquis of Brotherton question the legitimacy of a foreign-born heir to the family estate.

Lord George Germain, as the younger brother of the marquis, can neither inherit the family title nor enjoy the income from the estate. He occupies the ancestral home, Manor Cross, only by grudging permission of his elder brother, who lives abroad. But he does find happiness in his marriage to Mary Lovelace, the sweet-natured young daughter of the Dean of Brotherton, who brings a family legacy that provides an immediate solution to his financial problems.

Lord George’s new-found contentment is thrown into turmoil, however, when the marquis announces that he is returning to England, having married an Italian widow who has borne him a son - Lord Popenjoy, as the heir to the title is traditionally known. Lord George, his wife, his mother and sisters, must therefore leave the house to make way for his brother.

On his return, the marquis shows himself to be a despicable bully who treats his family and all around him with supercilious condescension. But Mary’s father, the Dean, suspects that the marquis’ son may not be a legitimate heir - that Popenjoy may in fact not be Popenjoy - and determines to make enquiries as to the validity of the marquis’ marriage and his son’s claim to the title.

The story is full of entertaining characters and twists and turns, including love affairs, jealousy, and the rights of women - all told with Trollope’s liberal satire and entertaining wit.

Public Domain (P)2020 Spoken Realms

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both clever and amusing

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I could not have listened to it if Mary had allowed herself to be completely controlled by everyone. she was such an interesting character

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Unfortunate narration, very flat.

As a huge fan of all books by Anthony Trollope I was delighted to discover this lesser known work appear as an audible audio. Sadly, I’ve been utterly spoiled by listening to the divine Timothy West narrate the Palliser and Barchester series, and by comparison this narration is flat and lacklustre.

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  • T. Asker
  • 23-03-21

Another Great Trollope Yarn

Trollope’s fiction was produced 150 years ago and, of course, is a reflection of the customs and prejudices of British society of that era. But his fiction will always be current and entertaining, because he was a realist and very much concerned with what it means to be a gentleman or a lady. His wit, humor, and plethora of human portraits are unparalleled. And thank God for his enormous productivity!

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  • Nicholas Archer
  • 18-03-21

Delightful

Just wonderful; as delightful and really funny as it literate. Also showing Trollops’ own brand of feminism. This is a wonderful reading, (only to be surpassed by Christopher West). The voices for the characters are excellent , and there is significant nuance in this reading all around. I do hope that Nigel Patterson will consider performing some of the other Trollop novels that have less successful readings, for instance those of Flo Gibson. There are many people waiting for that.

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  • Susan
  • 14-04-21

Absolutely wonderful

I loved this. It’s serious and it’s playful. I’ve read most of Trollope and I think he is more perceptive of the feelings of women than any other author I’ve read.
The narrator does a magnificent job, though I did slow it down a hair.

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  • SavvyShopper
  • 29-01-21

Love my Trollope

No one can interweave numerous plot lines like Trollope. Nigel does a fair job of narrating, but he’s no Timothy West. It’s enjoyable nonetheless.