Trollope's comic masterpiece of plotting and backstabbing opens as the Bishop of Barchester lies on his deathbed. Soon a pitched battle breaks out over who will take power, involving, among others, the zealous reformer Dr Proudie, his fiendish wife and the unctuous schemer Obadiah Slope.
Barchester Towers is one of the best-loved novels in Trollope's Chronicles of Barsetshireseries, which captured nineteenth-century provincial England with wit, worldly wisdom and an unparalleled gift for characterisation.
The second book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire
Penguin English Library