From the back of the book:
Tom Jones is widely regarded as one of the first and most influential English novels. Its is certainly the funniest.
Tom Jones, the hero of the book, is introduced to the reader as the ward of a liberal Somerset squire. Tom is a generous but slightly wild and feckless country boy with a weakness for young women. Missfortune, followed by many spirited adventues as he travels to London to seek his fortune, teach him a sort of wisdom to go with his essential good-heartedness.
This 'comic, epic peom in prose' will make the modern reader laugh as much as it did his forbears. Its biting satire finds an echo in today's society, for as Doris Lessing recently remarked 'This country becomes every day more like the eighteenth century, full of theives and adventurers, roughs and a robust, unhypocritical savagery side-by-side with people lecturing others on morality'.