The Hand of Ethelberta (unabridged)

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Thomas Hardy

The Hand of Ethelberta

Read by Fenella Woolgar


Opportunistic, shrewd and beautiful, Ethelberta resolves to disguise her humble beginnings and elevate her position in society. Crafting her career as a society poet and staging her family as her servants, she proves admirably adept at sustaining her own web of deceit as she reinvents herself and navigates the attentions of four different suitors. The wealthiest is not the one she loves… what will she do? This is a light-hearted, urban tale, offering a different side of Thomas Hardy. The master of pastoral realist novels was presenting a ‘somewhat frivolous narrative’, which nevertheless displayed his acute consciousness of class divisions and continues to delight those who discover it within his better-known works.

  • Running Time: 16 h 01 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-428-4
    Cat. no.:NA0563
    Produced by:John Foley
    Edited by:Andrew Riches
    Released:March 23
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