A Laodicean

Thomas Hardy


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A Laodicean is a book by English novelist Thomas Hardy, first published in 1881. It tells the story of Paula Power, who inherits a medieval castle from her industrialist father, having purchased it from the aristocratic De Stancy family. Paula employs two architects, one local and one, George Somerset, newly qualified from London, and finds herself attracted to both. The son of the local architect plots to improve his father's chances with the wealthy Paula, by faking information that indicates that Somerset is a drunken gambler, leading Somerset to leave the country.

№ 99 in the 100 Best 19th Century British and Irish Novels list.

This book has 139,164 words, 270 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1881.

Production notes: This ebook of A Laodicean was published by Global Grey in 2019, and updated on the 27th December 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Mrs. Albert Vickers' by John Singer Sargent.

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