Tag Archive: Charles Dickens

Spend the day in a ditch and the night in a pigsty? Luxury!

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Hard Times is a bit bloody hard going. No doubt, Dickens was a master. His characterisation is concise and engaging, his funny is really funny, his bleak painfully bleak, often heartbreaking. I’m only… Continue reading

Waiter! There’s hardly any revolution in my soup.

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Godammit Mr Dickens! I picked up ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ thinking it would be a revolutionary romp, lots of unwashed French people exclaiming ‘Mon dieu!’, spilling their wine, running about with flaming… Continue reading

Fathers’ Day present? Don’t hold your breath

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Move over evil stepmothers, you’ve got company. We all know that in the world of fiction, there’s no parent worse than a step-mother. Fairy tales are the main culprits for purveying such gender… Continue reading

Ohhh, it’s THAT book.

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I am nearing the end of Nicholas Nickleby and so have been rooting through my set of Dickens to find the next installment for the Dickens Challenge. My first requirement was that it… Continue reading

Nicholas Nickleby (and my cat)

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I read Nicholas Nickleby when I was about sixteen, and so to launch my Dickens Challenge, thought I’d start off by running through it again. I’m glad I did, as I had it… Continue reading

If I could turn back time, or… Why I wish I could go back to Leigh Delamere Motorway Services and introduce Sue Perkins to Virginia Woolf.

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On Saturday, I travelled back to Wales with my family after a week’s worth of fun and sunshine in Cyprus. After landing in Stansted, the silent one did the first driving stint, and… Continue reading

Happy Birthday Charlie D!

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As it’s Dickens’ birthday today (203 years old – looking good, Charlie boy!), I could hardly let such an important date pass without celebrating it, especially as Lucy has recently raised the gauntlet… Continue reading

A slightly morbid, gothic birthday celebration for Charles Dickens. He’d have approved.

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Happy 203rd birthday, Charles! The first thing I remember seeing related to Charles Dickens was a lock of his hair, at the museum of his birthplace, in Portsmouth, where I was also born… Continue reading

Ye Great Olde Dickens Challenge

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‘Get what you’re given and like it’ is a favourite phrase of my mother’s, and one that she used to herald every childhood over-cooked fruit cake of bizarre item of clothing bought in… Continue reading