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Thomas Hardy

The Time-Torn Man
Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Thomas Hardy by Claire Tomalin, read by Jill Balcon and David Shaw-Parker.

Paradox ruled Thomas Hardy's life. His birth was almost his death; he became one of the great Victorian novelists and reinvented himself as one of the 20th-century's greatest poets; he was an unhappy husband and a desolate widower; and he wrote bitter attacks on the English class system yet prized the friendship of aristocrats.

In the hands of Whitbread Award-winning biographer Claire Tomalin, author of the best-selling books Charles Dickens: A Life and The Invisible Woman, Thomas Hardy the novelist, poet, neglectful husband and mourning lover all come vividly alive. 

©2007 Claire Tomalin (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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"An extraordinary story, beautifully told. Tomalin is the most empathetic of biographers." (Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday)

"Another triumph for a biographer who goes from strength to strength." (Melvyn Bragg, Guardian, Books of the Year)

"Tomalin provides an object lesson in how to write a life." (Economist)

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Plese let me introduce you to Claire Tomalin

After reading Tomalin's fabulous Memoir ( and recommending it) I wanted to read a biography from her
so chose Hardy as I know/knew so little about him except for having loved the movies made of his novels.
What a shame I have waited so long - I am going to move right on to "Tess"
and "Return of the Native" and probably everything I can that Hardy wrote. A late life discovery to
enhance my days. Wonderful. Wonderful.