The Duke's Children, Paperback Book
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Plantagenet Palliser, the Duke of Omnium and former Prime Minister of England, is widowed and wracked by grief.

Struggling to adapt to life without his beloved Lady Glencora, he works hard to guide and support his three adult children.

Palliser soon discovers, however, that his own plans for them are very different from their desires.

Sent down from university in disgrace, his two sons quickly begin to run up gambling debts.

His only daughter, meanwhile, longs passionately to marry the poor son of a county squire against her father's will.

But while the Duke's dearest wishes for the three are thwarted one by one, he ultimately comes to understand that parents can learn from their own children.

The final volume in the Palliser novels, The Duke's Children (1880) is a compelling exploration of wealth, pride and ultimately the strength of love.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780140433449

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Lady Glencora dies suddenly, leaving the Duke to parent their three children alone. The eldest, Silverbridge, is the part-owner of a race horse and runs up an enormous gambling debt before falling for (shock! horror!) an American. Mary, the daughter, has become engaged to a poor second son with no occupation, but Glencora kept this from her husband and the Duke forbids the match. The younger son, Gerald, also falls into (more minor) scrapes and the Duke becomes generally distressed and horrified. Needless to say it all ends happily.Not too much hunting and barely any real politics. Isabel, the "American" was entirely lacking in personality and Mary didn't have much beyond loyalty/obstinacy. Mabel was a much more fully-drawn character, but her story was a tragedy and she behaved so badly at the end that I was surprised the narrator treated her in such a sympathetic fashion. The ending was a little abrupt and the final pages particularly so. So Lord Fawn married at last...

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