I am an unabashed fan of the 19th-century novel. I love reading them, I studied them at university and I still read more novels from that century than any other. Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Jane Austen, Emile Zola, Anthony Trollope, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Joseph Conrad, William Thackeray, Nikolai Gogol, Emile Zola, HG Wells, Kate Chopin, Gustave Flaubert, Thomas Hardy...and so many more. Was this the golden age of literature? I think so. There are so many classic novels that it's impossible for me to pick a favourite, Indulge me!