The Three Clerks Big Read

The Anthony Trollope Society Facebook Group is currently reading The Three Clerks. This delightfully wry, semi-autobiographical look back on Trollope’s own hobbledehoydom as a junior clerk in the Post Office is proving a thoroughly entertaining and enlightening read. The debate is on as to whether this or Trollope’s Autobiography is the truer representation of this stage of his life.

Just yesterday, we learned from one of the group about Trollope’s use of Biblical allusions in the chapter we had just completed together and an explanation of the references to payments in cumin – for the record, Jewish taxes in those days could be paid in spices – which begs the question – what is the cumin:saffron exchange rate and is it affected by Brexit?

The group has just reached chapter seven so there is still time to join and take part in the Big Read – enjoying a mix of erudite comments and just plain silliness – it’s that kind of book. To take part go to:


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