The Warden is the first novel in Anthony Trollope’s six-part Chronicles of Barsetshire. Septimus Harding is the warden of a hospital for poor disabled workmen whose quiet world is threatened by accusations that he is unfairly being paid more than the 12 men he cares for, in violation of the will that endowed the hospital. Worse, the man who accuses him has won the affections of his daughter. His portrayal of Harding’s moral dilemma and the many people who try to influence the warden reveal Trollope’s keen grasp of the society of his time, its strengths and its foibles. Published August 2016.
Genre: General Fiction