Monthly Archives: June 2018

Trollope Walk through St James’s and Mayfair

London Walks Guide Paul Baker is leading another guided tour around more of Trollope’s London on Sunday 1st July.

Paul’s latest walk will take us through perhaps the two most famously beautiful areas of central London: St James’s and Mayfair. We meet outside Green Park tube station (Piccadilly south side exit). The route will take us from Green Park to Piccadilly, by way of the famous Jermyn Street, Bond Street, Savile Row and the beautifully recently extended Royal Academy.

As usual, the streets and squares we pass will reveal close connections with Anthony’s life and work. On this walk, we will hear fascinating stories of the great man’s dealings with publishers: both delightful and disastrous!

Recommended reading, if you have time, is Is He Popenjoy?

The tour should last just under two hours, and ends near Piccadilly Circus station.

We meet at on Sunday 1st July at 1.50pm for a 2pm start, and the walk costs £10pp, with the option of afternoon tea following the walk (extra charge).


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Bristol libraries saved

The decision last year to close two thirds of Bristol’s libraries as an economy measure has been reversed following a vociferous campaign by local people to save the threatened branches. For so many reasons this campaign was right and it is heartening to see it succeed.


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Worldwide Trollope Conference


Taking place on 22 June at the National Liberal Club in London, The Trollope Society is running an all-day conference on Trollope the Travel-writer.

Anthony Trollope was probably the most travelled of the nineteenth century novelists, undertaking overseas journeys on behalf of the Post Office as well as travelling widely for personal reasons. During all his journeys he continued to observe and write. During the day we will consider how these experiences influenced his work and we will also review work relating to Trollope being undertaken throughout the World today.
In addition to this, the Conference will commemorate the 140th anniversary of Anthony’s journey to Iceland with ‘The Mastiffs’ in 1878.

The cost of the day will be £45 per person which will include a working lunch and light refreshments. Places are limited so early application is advised. Alternatively you can join by webinar, price £10.00.

Draft Programme
9.30: Registration and Coffee
10.00: Welcome: Dominic Edwardes. Trollope Society Chairman
Part 1: Cause and Effect
10.05: Tales of All Countries: An Introduction by Michael G Williamson
10.30: The Irish Connection: Howard Gregg M.A.
11.00: Seminar Groups covering UK Travel, Europe, Americas and Rest of the World
12.00: Plenary Session
12.30: Working Lunch
Part 2: Worldwide Trollope: Current Research and Publication Initiatives throughout the World
13.30: Tales of All Countries 2: An Introduction by Michael G Williamson
13.40: Trollope in Europe: Professor David Skilton
14.05: Reception in Japan: Professor Haruno Kayama Watanabe
14.30: Refreshment break
14.50: A Walk in a Wood: Panel led discussion on the Way Forward identifying projects and activities for the future
15.45: The Last Chronicle?: Concluding remarks
16.00: Conference concludes

To book your place at the conference go to:

If you’re unable to travel to London for the conference, you can join by webinar, to register go to:



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Golden Man Booker Prize

To mark five decades of the Booker Prize the judges have selected five past winners, one from each decade, for a public vote to determine the greatest (if tbere can be such a thing).

The five shortlisted books are:

In a Free State by V. S. Naipaul; 

Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively; 

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje; 

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel; 

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
You can vote online at:

Just as an aside, I wonder if any of the authors share Trollope’s doubts about the permanence of his position in the canon of English Literature and entertain the same doubts that he would no longer be read 100 years hence?

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