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Charles Dickens - retold by Gill Tavner - Author

Charles Dickens was born in the southern English town of Portsmouth on 7 February 1812, the second of eight children. He started school at the age of nine, but didn’t stay long as his father, who by now was a clerk for the Royal Navy’s wages department in Chatham, wasn’t actually very good at sums, and was put in prison for being in debt. At the age of twelve Charles was sent to work in Warren’s shoe-blacking factory in London, where wages were meagre and conditions appalling. He was very lonely. After three years he went back to school, but he never forgot his awful experience at Warren’s.

Like many writers, Charles began his literary career as a journalist. He started writing reports forThe Mirror of Parliament andThe True Sun, and in 1833 he became parliamentary journalist for The Morning Chronicle. Now that he had friends in publishing he was able to publish a series of sketches under the pseudonym ‘Boz’. In April 1836 he married Catherine Hogarth, the daughter of his editor and publisher George Hogarth. In that same month his highly successful Pickwick Papers was published, and there was no looking back.

As well as writing novels, Charles produced an autobiography, edited weekly magazines including Household Words and All Year Round, wrote travel books, and administered charitable organisations. He was also a theatre enthusiast; he wrote plays and performed before Queen Victoria in 1851. His energy was seemingly inexhaustible, and he spent much time abroad. He lectured against slavery in the United States, and toured Italy with his friends Augustus Egg and Wilkie Collins. Wilkie Collins was another well-known Victorian writer who inspired Dickens’ last and unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Charles and Catherine had ten children, but when most of their children had left home they grew apart from each other, and separated in 1858. Towards the end of his life Charles had a long relationship with the actress Ellen Ternan. He died of a stroke in 1870.

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A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens - retold by Gill Tavner
Can somebody so selfish, so harsh and so horribly lonely ever change his ways? In one terrifying night, poor Scrooge is haunted by four ghosts. Will he change his ways? Weep and laugh as you read this much-loved Christmas story....
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Format: Paperback | Released 25/11/2007
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Bleak House
Charles Dickens - retold by Gill Tavner
A family curse, a manipulating lawyer, poverty and secrets threaten to destroy Esther's world. Are the walls of Bleak House strong enough to protect her and her new friends from such powerful forces? Caught up in an unfolding mystery that's...
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Format: Paperback | Released 16/11/2007
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Great Expectations
Charles Dickens - retold by Gill Tavner
Mysteries abound in this superb novel featuring Pip, an escaped convict, the ghostly Miss Havisham, a mysterious benefactor. Pip's life will never be the same again. But who has given Pip his great expectations? This and the other retellings by...
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Format: Paperback | Released 16/11/2007
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David Copperfield
Charles Dickens - retold by Gill Tavner
Can one lonely little boy show the strength and determination to survive the dangers that lie ahead? Charles Dickens presents a world of colourful characters to amuse us, astonish us, disgust us and move us to tears. This and the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 16/11/2007
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Hard Times
Charles Dickens - retold by Gill Tavner
A disappearing father, an unhappy marriage, a handsome suitor and a bank robbery all bring challenges to Louisa's life. Will she be able to control her powerful emotions, or will they lead her to ruin? This and the other retellings...
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Format: Paperback | Released 16/11/2007
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Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens - retold by Gill Tavner
In this gripping tale of kidnapping, shooting and murder, Charles Dickens shows the threats to a vulnerable boy's existence and asks the eternal question: which is more powerful, good or evil? This and the other retellings by Real Reads are...
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Format: Paperback | Released 16/11/2007
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