In the new year I must get to reading Bleak House – it’s been on my shelf since I picked it up secondhand months ago. I’ll admit I was a little put off Dickens after attempting Nicholas Nickleby, afraid I’d waste my time slogging through hundreds of pages before giving up. Confidence renewed.
The best Charles Dickens books, and why you should read them
When he died aged 58 in 1870, Charles Dickens left behind fifteen novels, five Christmas books, several volumes of travel writing, and dozens of journalistic pieces and short stories. But what are the ten books that best exemplify Dickens’s genius, his unique comic achievement, and those qualities which we tend to think of when we hear the word ‘Dickensian’? Undoubtedly a fool’s errand. But we’ll give it a go anyway, if nothing else because it’s an excuse to share some great trivia about Dickens’s finest books.
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