UNLIMITED Audiobooks and eBooks

Over 40,000 books & works on all major devices

Get ALL YOU CAN for FREE for 30 days!

John Caldigate

Anthony Trollope

Book Overview: 

After a rather dissolute youth and having been disowned by his father, John Caldigate sets sail for Australia with his friend Dick Shand hoping to make his fortune in the goldfields in New South Wales. On the voyage, he meets Euphemia Smith and they conduct an indiscreet affair aboard. After various problems, Caldigate literally strikes gold and returns to Sydney where he meets Euphemia again and they settle, living as man and wife. After a time, they quarrel and Caldigate returns to England. On his return, Caldigate meets and marries a previous acquaintance, Hester Bolton, and they have a son. He sets himself up as his father’s heir and life seems perfect. However, Euphemia suddenly reappears and claims they were married in Australia, making Caldigate a bigamist and his son illegitimate. Caldigate is tried, found guilty and sent to prison, still protesting his innocence. His wife stands by him. However, his innocence is proved when a postmark on a letter vital to the prosecution case is found to be forged and when Dick Shand returns from overseas to speak on his behalf. All ends happily, as Caldigate is reconciled with his wife’s family.

How does All You Can Books work?

All You Can Books gives you UNLIMITED access to over 40,000 Audiobooks, eBooks, and Foreign Language courses. Download as many audiobooks, ebooks, language audio courses, and language e-workbooks as you want during the FREE trial and it's all yours to keep even if you cancel during the FREE trial. The service works on any major device including computers, smartphones, music players, e-readers, and tablets. You can try the service for FREE for 30 days then it's just $19.99 per month after that. So for the price everyone else charges for just 1 book, we offer you UNLIMITED audio books, e-books and language courses to download and enjoy as you please. No restrictions.

Book Excerpt: 
. . .re that gold, gold that they could see with their eyes in its raw condition, would tempt them more surely than all his eloquence. In the engine-house the three of them got into a box or truck that was suspended over the mouth of a deep shaft, and soon found themselves descending through the bowels of the earth. They went down about four hundred feet, and as they were reaching the bottom Crinkett remarked that it was 'a goodish deep hole all to belong to one man.' 'Yes,' he added as Caldigate extricated himself from the truck, 'and there's a precious lot more gold to come out of it yet, I can tell you.'

In all the sights to be seen about the world there is no sight in which there is less to be seen than in a gold-mine. The two young men were made to follow their conductor along a very dirty underground gallery for about a quarter of a mile, and then they came to four men working with picks in a rough sort of chamber, and four others driving holes in the walls. Th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was one of the last Trollope novels I read. I had put it pretty far down on my to-read list because I thought it was another of his Australian novels, and experience had taught me that whenever Trollope strayed from England as his setting, even to Ireland, his work slipped a notch or two. I...more

This is the 23rd novel by Trollope that I have read. I must say that it is one of my favorites. It was amazingly compelling. The 615 pages flew by.

What is interesting here is that in most of Trollope's long novels there is usually a somewhat involved sub-plot and that is what usually accounts fo...more

I've read, and thoroughly enjoyed, a great many of Anthony Trollope's novels. John Caldigate, which features one of Trollope's most interesting plots, was yet another enjoyable experience for me.

A slightly sloppy Trollope, but still a good read, and very interesting in having a plot whose elements the evolution of law, not to mention science, guarantees could never happen now. Bigamy and illegitimacy were the stuff of genteel horror. Trollope pens one of his warped and evil female charac...more

I enjoyed this more the second time around. The little moments, the characters' responses to their situations, and the contrast between rural England and the gold fields of Australia made this fun and intriguing.

“Is her position in the world to depend upon a postage stamp?”

On that as well as on a slightly self-righteous judge’s better sense and on the mores of society as such, which just had adopted a different form of bigotry and folly from today’s society, which is, for all that, none the less bigoted...more

I first discovered Trollope a year ago and have become somewhat obsessed! So far I have read over thirty of his novels, starting with the Barchester series and then the Palliser series. My expectation then was to be relatively disappointed since I had read the "best". But none have been poor and...more

John Caldigate goes to Australia in disgrace after running up debts at university and being disinherited by his father. There he mines for gold and returns seven years later a rich man. He is reconciled with his father and marries the daughter of a very religious family, whom he admired before he...more

John Caldigate is an upper class English youth in the 1870s who has squandered his money and his college experience. Well into debt, with no idea of what to do next, he irritates his strait-laced father by selling his entailed interest in the family estate and going off to Australia with an equa...more

I think this is a book for Trollope enthusiasts; I wouldn't recommend it as the first book of his that somebody reads. I found the central character, John Caldigate, very appealing, and for that reason it became a real page-turner -- despite the fact that I was fairly confident that Trollope woul...more

View More Reviews