Year of Great Books

About Barchester Towers

Everything Slate’s Year of Great Books learned from Anthony Trollope’s workplace comedy.

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Slate editor-in-chief Julia Turner and columnist Laura Miller discuss Barchester Towers, the fourth selection in A Year of Great Books, a Slate Academy series. Their conversation about Trollope’s novel was recorded live at KGB bar in New York on Aug. 31.

What to read while you’re reading Barchester Towers:

Also, don’t miss your complimentary audiobook of Barchester Towers, a special gift from Audible. (Supplies are limited.)

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Finally, make sure to cast your vote for our next selection.

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