Top critical review
Read The Warden, but buy a properly published edition.
on 21 December 2016
The novel is marvellous. Although written in the 19th century, it turns out to be all about Brexit. There is a problem with an institution which no longer seems to be working for its original purpose. There is an ardent reformer, who sees no need to waste time in putting the world to rights. There is a referendum of sorts - people against toffs, and the vote goes 92% to 8% for the people. The press gets involved, and contributes harsh words, which undermines the morale of the establishment. There is much anger and heart-searchding. There is recourse to Law. Undedrlying it all is money - who controls it, who spends it, and on whom. I recommend this novel wholeheartedly. The readers must judge for themselves whether or not they think it has a happy ending.
But I rate it horrible because Amazon sent me a cheap, in-house edition. The pages are large, the print is small, so the lines are long, and this
makes for difficult reading. There is no introduction or critical comment, no biography of the author. Please read The Warden, it is a book for our times, but go to a book shop and buy a professionally published edition.