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Far from the Madding Crowd - a monthly, public reading to mirror the original serial publication

To mark the 150 year anniversary of Far from the Madding Crowd being published in serial form in the Cornhill magazine, we will be doing a monthly reading of the book at Max Gate.

  • Booking advisable
  • Free event (admission applies)

This year, 2024, is 150 years on from the monthly publication of Far from the Madding Crowd which was first published in serial form in Cornhill between January and December 1874. The story was a popular attraction for the magazine, before being published the same year in book form.

To mark this anniversary we will be delivering a monthly reading of Far from the Madding Crowd to mirror its serial publication. These will take place on the last Sunday in the month (March-October) starting at 2.30 in Max Gate house.

Everyone is welcome and booking is not necessary but normal admission charges will apply (National Trust members are free). There is no extra charge to hear the reading.

Details are: 31 March, chapters 1-8 28 April, chapters 9-20 26 May, chapters 21-24 30 June, chapters 25-29 28 July, chapters 30-33 25 August, chapters 34-38 29 September, chapters 39-47 27 October, chapters 48-57

Please note: due to Max Gate being closed in Jan, Feb, Nov and Dec we will be fitting extra chapters into our readings in March, April, September and October so these readings will be slightly longer. We will be using the original text as contained in the Penguin Classics paperback.



Event ticket prices

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics

Meeting point

Please come to the welcome desk at Max Gate. You can book online ahead of time or by calling 0344 249 1895 but walkups for this event will be accepted.

What to bring and wear

This is an inside event but you may want to wear weather appropriate clothing if you wish to visit the gardens afterwards.


This is a free event but normal admission charges apply to gain entry to the property.