England's Most Captivating Storyteller
Templar Books, Hardcover, 9780763655679, 32pp.
Publication Date: October 11, 2011
Celebrate the bicentenary of Dickens's birth in 2012 by stepping into his world.
See the world of Charles Dickens spring to life in his fascinating notebook. Excerpts from his personal letters, guides to his major works, and enthralling facts about his life and times--including Dickens's own amazing rags-to-riches story--are accompanied by fascinating new illustrations, drawings from the original books, and photographs from the period. This novelty-filled notebook immerses readers in Victorian life and allows them to meet not only Dickens himself, but also such enduring and iconic characters as Oliver Twist, Ebenezer Scrooge, and David Copperfield.
A highly entertaining journey through Dickens's life, reproducing original documents, covers of the books in their episodic format, plans of workhouses, and so on... Included is a letter Dickens wrote to his former girlfriend Maria Beadnell: you have to take it out of its envelope to read it. Such details make it especially charming and interesting - and the text by Catherine Wells-Cole is sharp and even racy. The book repeatedly brought a smile to my lips, which, after all, is one of the things Dickens most liked to do.
—The New York Times