The Mystery of Charles Dickens

Filled with twists, pathos and the singular characters that sprang from this extraordinary novelist’s sparkling imagination, A.N Wilson looks back at Dickens’ early death aged 58 to reveal the key events that shaped his life and work. Like Oliver Twist, Dickens endured a wretched childhood, then grew up to become not only a respectable gentlemen but an artist of prodigious popularity – a superb public performer and gifted orator, one of the most famous men of his time. Wilson goes beyond the standard narrative biographical approach to brilliantly revisit the source of Dickens’ exuberant and vivid imagination and reveals why his novels captured the hearts of the Victorian public.

Chaired by Gerry Foley

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