Tess Of The D'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy
In BriefWhen Tess Durbeyfield is persuaded by her impoverished but hopeful parents to claim a connection with the noble D'Urberville family, she ends up disgraced and ruined. A new life and love are held out to her by gentlemanly Angel Clare, but Tess must decide whether to confess her shameful past and risk losing him forever.
Why you should read itTeeming with exquisite descriptions and heart-wrenching observations, Hardy's most famous novel evokes a world we have lost filled with dilemmas and tensions that are still rife today.