Published in 1744 and attributed to "a Lady", the first and most famous novel by the sister of Henry Fielding caused huge speculation and became an instant success.
'The Adventures Of David Simple' follows the fortunes of an innocent young man in search of honesty and friendship in a world where both are scarce. Betrayed by his brother over their father's will, David Simple is driven from home and must make his own way in life.
In the course of his travels he discovers a great deal about the "Mazes, Windings and Labyrinths" of the human heart, and learns that trusting too much may lead to danger. 'Volume The Last', the sequel to 'David Simple', provides a moving conclusion to David's story.
Sarah Fielding drew on her own insecure status as an unmarried gentlewoman in the writing of this novel, and presents us with a pointed critique of the social position of women in her day. Her radical moral teaching is blended with an enjoyable, witty satire on the manners of eighteenth-century London life.