Echo Boy

The moving, gripping and stunningly written first novel for young adults by award ...

Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in Hampshire on February 7, 1812. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office, who was well paid but often ended up in financial troubles. When Dickens was twelve years old he was send to work in a shoe polish factory because his family had be taken to the debtors' prison.Fagin is named after a boy Dickens disliked at the factory. His career as a writer of fiction started in 1833 when his short stories and essays began to appear in periodicals. The Pickwick Papers, his first commercial success, was published in 1836. In the same year he married the daughter of his friend George Hogarth, Catherine Hogarth. The serialisation of Oliver Twist began in 1837 while The Pickwick Papers was still running. Many other novels followed and The Old Curiosity Shop brought Dickens international fame and he became a celebrity America as well as Britain. He separated from his wife in 1858. Charles Dickens died on 9 June 1870, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.


Books by Charles Dickens

Books: 18
A Christmas Carol

Marley's ghostly face on the knocker of Scrooge's door still gives me the shivers ...

The Pickwick Papers

'His greatest success' George Orwell

The Mystery Of Edwin Drood

'Dickens's hypnotic storytelling and fantastic characterisation... even in its incomplete ...

Hard Times

'It is proof of Dickens' genius (or maybe just the unchanging nature of Britain) ...

A Tale of Two Cities

'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...'

Little Dorrit

'Thirty years ago there stood...in the borough of Southwark ... the Marshalsea Prison ...

Bleak House

'Perhaps Bleak House is his best novel. . . . When Dickens wrote Bleak House he had ...

David Copperfield

'The most perfect of all the Dickens novels' Virginia Woolf

Great Expectations

'In the little world in which children have their existence, whosever brings them ...

Oliver Twist

A special edition of Oliver Twist for the bicentenary year - new cover to be winner ...

Books: 18