Middlemarch – George Eliot

Middlemarch is a novel about several marriages, possible medical malpractice and being rightly suspicious about the nouveau riche… but also quite a lot of other things. All of (provincial) life is here… and it is regularly cited by authors and readers alike as one of the greatest novels in the English language.
If you count yourself as a devoted fan already, then try Claire Carlisle’s new biography of Eliot, The Marriage Question for an insight into her own extraordinary and unconventional life.