Anthony Trollope was born in Bloomsbury, London in 1815. His father was a barrister whose ill-temper ensured the fairly radical descent of the family’s fortunes and his mother, in response to this descent, became a successful writer. Trollope was educated as a member of the nineteenth century upper middle classes, at Harrow and Winchester but his attendance at the schools was fitful in keeping with his family’s inability to pay for his education and this left him open to cruel bullying.
Although he had started writing whilst employed by the British post office, it was not until 1855 and the publication of The Warden that he gained major success. This is the first of the six novels known collectively as The Barsetshire Chronicles and available as an audio book download from Silksoundbooks.