Hatchards has crowned The Warden by Anthony Trollope the best novel of the past 200 years.
The winner, announced last night, was picked from a longlist of around 100 titles, published earlier this year in honour of the shop being London’s oldest bookseller.
The longlist included Victorian classics such as Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, as well as more recent titles such as Money by Martin Amis (Vintage). Several children’s novels were also included, ranging from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame to Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (HarperCollins Childrens Books).
Customers were invited to vote for the best book. Their choices, as well as the book's sales were taken into account when deciding on The Warden as the overall winner last night (26th November).
Hatchards’ Gavin Pilgrim said: “When we set out to find our customers favourite novel of the last 200 years we had no idea what they might select. The initial list covered the full 218 years that this shop has been open and was full of excellent books. The Warden is a thoroughly deserving winner and beautifully symbolises, along with Hatchards itself, the unwavering love for great British books”.
The bookshop has commissioned a limited print run of a new edition from Penguin Classics, which will have an introductory page by Hatchards and a new cover.