The French Lieutenant's Woman

by John Fowles

In Brief

An across-the-tracks romance between a very conventional man and a very unconventional woman, this parody of – and tribute to – the Victorian novel is also, in its digressions on Darwin, fashion, politics and changing cultural values, the story of the whole Victorian era.

Why you should read it

Chosen by Time magazine as one of the top hundred English-language novels since 1923, this uniquely structured book takes the best of the tradition of Dickens and George Eliot and the best of postmodern writing and from it creates a story as deep as it is wide-ranging, as moving as it is mentally stimulating.

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