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Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Dickens Dictionary by John Sutherland

It is rare to find a non-fiction book that is written with a light touch and in a humorous manner.  John Sutherland has achieved this with his hugely enjoyable dictionary of Dickens.  This is my favourite book about Dickens!

Here you will learn about the origins of his characters, his travels, and the scandals that revolved around him.  You will also find out some things that you probably don't want to know, for example, that Dickens was deeply prejudiced against Catholicism.

Some parts of this book were a bit too gruesome to read, so be warned.  This includes Dickens's graphic description of witnessing an execution in Italy.

This is the perfect book for any Dickens fan.




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