HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbours.' An epic study of provincial life at a time when England was facing rapid industrialization
and increasingly fluid social mobility, Eliot's depiction of the small community of Middlemarch weaves an intricate web of different characters disparate lives as they strive to adapt to the changing world around them. Eliot was one of the first of her female contemporaries to write a novel that dealt with real-life issues and complex yet ordinary human life.