The Well-Beloved (unabridged)

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Thomas Hardy

The Well-Beloved

Read by Leighton Pugh


Jocelyn Pierston, a successful sculptor, is helpless in the face of ‘the well-beloved’: the manifestation of perfect womanhood that seems to move like a will-o’-the-wisp from one acquaintance to the next. It shapes his whole life. Where his artistry involves permanence – cold stone objects – his heart is caught by ephemeral beauty. After years spent in London, a return to his rocky birthplace, the Isle of Slingers, sparks Pierston’s extraordinary involvement with three generations of the Caro family. As a reworking of his earlier The Pursuit of the Well-Beloved, it is the last novel that Hardy wrote, in 1897 – not a realist work, but instead a rather fantastical exploration of male desire.

  • Running Time: 6 h 40 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-343-0
    Cat. no.:NA0481
    Produced by:Neil Rosser
    Edited by:Timothy Brown
    Released:February 21
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