Anthony Trollope & The Civil Service

Anthony Trollope’s memorial in Westminster Abbey describes him as a public servant and writer. In this online seminar Lucia Costanzo explores Trollope’s career in the Post Office and discusses The Three Clerks, his novel based on his own experiences of life as a junior civil servant.


Trollope by C.P. Snow Macmillan 1975 has a chapter on Trollope’s work for the Post Office

No Tradesmen and No Women: the origins of the British Civil Service by Michael Coolihan Biteback Publishing 2018 is a fascinating recent history with significant references to Victorian reforms. Anthony Trollope is mentioned several times.

Whitehall by Peter Hennessy Pimlico 2001 is the classic account of the UK Civil Service and its origins.

Trollope’s essays The Civil Service as a Profession and The Young Women at the London Telegraph Office available in The Complete Works of Anthony Trollope: Novels, Short Stories, Plays, Travel Books, Essays, Autobiography e-artnow. Kindle Edition.

The website has an extensive collection of historical reports including the Northcote Trevelyan report and information relating to the work of Government and the Civil Service over the years.

Information on the current Civil Service is available on

If you fancy working for the Civil Service here is where to start: Recruitment uses a system called Success Profiles