Book – Les Miserables



The French June Rebellion of 1832 was an uprising in Paris against the rule of King Louis-Philippe, fuelled by economic hardship and a cholera epidemic.  It was quashed, and is remembered mainly for its inclusion in Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel Les Miserables.

After 19 years as a prisoner, Jean Valjean is freed by Javert, the officer in charge of the prisoner workforce. Valjean promptly breaks parole but later uses money from stolen silver to reinvent himself as a mayor and factory owner.  Javert vows to bring Valjean back to prison…  It’s a novel that has been recreated on both the theatre stage and the cinema screens.  Now read the novel.