Vanessa, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The fourth and final volume of the Herries Chronicles, described as 'incomparably the best' in The Daily Telegraph is a love story of 'effortless brilliance' (Observer) which starts with the triumph of Judith Paris's hundredth birthday in the 1870's and then moves to the tragic disillusionment of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Set, predominantly, as before, amidst the grandeur of the lake district landscape, it tells the passionate and unforgettable story of Vanessa, Judith's Granddaughter and her n'er-do-well cousin Benjie whom she had sworn in childhood never to betray.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 864 pages, maps
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780711228924


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The Rogue Herries chronicles have played a sentimental part in my life. I visited the Lake District two years ago and stayed in a beautiful cottage in Threlkeld. We visited Watendlath, the tiny little hamlet where the famous character Judith Paris lives. I had never heard of the chronicles, but love the historical Romantics, so got the first book and read it whilst in the Lake District. I immediately fell in love with the books, despite their mammoth size. They certainly are chronicles. The third book took a slight dip in pace, but this is a fine end to the series. It has taken me two years on and off to finish the series, so they have drifted in and out of my life in that time, including another trip to the Lakes in which I read the second book. This final book sees less of the Lake District, as the characters are mainly based in London, but they take regular trips back to all the old places featured in the original book, most of which I have visited. The Lake District truly is a magical place, and combining the fascinating landscape with a cast of deeply dysfunctional characters makes for a truly epic read for historical novel lovers everywhere.

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Oh I have loved this series of books "The Herries Chronicles" Chronicling the lives of one family from the 1700s to the 1930s. From the 'Rogue' himself to Vanessa the Great Grandaughter. The depth of language is wonderful, describing the beautiful Cumbrian countryside and the feeling that the family had towards it is so comforting somehow! They had such wonderful, adventurous and bountiful lives! (totally fictional of course, but oh so grand!) I really didn't expect to enjoy this series as much as I did, for whilst Sir HughWalpole was a highly respected writer of his time, he could be considered a little old fashioned for todays reader, but the slightly old fashioned writing style only added to the quaintness of the work and I didn't find it antiquated at all!I loved each and every book and I know I will read them all again one day. Fantastic stuff!!!

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