Having studied this book, I know it quite well. I first read it in 2004 but read it a few times later on as part of a university course on 1930s literature. Set in the fictional ‘South Riding’ of Yorkshire (which is like the real East Riding), the novel follows a large number of characters. It’s a complex and realistic tale of grudges, poverty, tragedy and romance. Local politics are central to the book, with various councillors wrangling over issues affecting the area. I wouldn’t say that the book is one of my favourites but I appreciate that it’s important in the canon of literature written by women and that it’s an interesting exploration of the Depression era. There was a BBC TV adaptation in 2011, which I remember as being very good.