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Dickens' London

Dickens' London [Kindle Edition]

Piers Dudgeon
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Product Description

Illustrated throughout with photographs of the time.

‘An imaginative and graceful interpretation of Dickens’ vision of London…fascinating…vivid.’ Sunday Mirror

See London come alive in the company of Dickens, the master storyteller of his Age, with 31 of the earliest surviving photographs of his day.

When Charles Dickens arrived in 1822, as a ten-year-old boy, London was on the threshold of enormous expansion and change. Two centuries later, the sights and sounds of that city, its colour and suffering, reach out through his writings and a collection of stunning pictures to lovers of London and fans of Dickens everywhere.

‘Remarkably engrossing… It is certain that anyone with a love for Dickens will want to have it in hand.’ Oxford Times

‘Beautifully written…it’s one of the most engrossing books I’ve discovered this year.’ Woman and Home

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1807 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Pilot Productions; Second edition (11 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00967UKK8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #389,942 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Piers Dudgeon grew up in a rambling old vicarage beside a bombed-out church in rural south Devon by the sea and watched his father re-build a largely working-class community which had lost its children and its spiritual centre in the bombing. This and the beauty of the surrounding area were formative. School and university worked out this fundamental experience in utterly different contexts, in particular in music, theatre and the whole Sixties culture.

Subsequently, he trained at Drama School and worked for ten years as an editor in London, helping launch a successful paperback imprint at 25, before starting his own publishing company, Pilot Productions, producing books with authors as diverse as John Fowles, Catherine Cookson, Peter Ackroyd, Daphne du Maurier, Shirley Conran, Ted Hughes and Susan Hill.

In 1993, he left London for the North York Moors, where he has written biographies of Catherine Cookson (a No. 1 best-seller), the lateral thinker Edward de Bono, the composer Sir John Tavener, and the novelists Barbara Taylor Bradford, Josephine Cox, J M Barrie and Daphne du Maurier.

He is also known for a library of illustrated books evocative of the spirit of place, including 'Thomas Hardy's England', 'Dickens' London', 'The English Vicarage Garden', 'Village Voices', and 'The Spirit of Britain: A Guide to Literary Britain'.

Recent History
In 2008, Chatto & Windus published his biography of J.M. Barrie and the du Mauriers, 'Captivated: the Dark Sid of Neverland', described by David Lodge as 'a fascinating account of the psychological web in which Barrie trapped the tragic du Maurier family', and Headline published his oral history of the East End of London, 'Our East End', the first in a series of oral histories of post-industrial communities in Britain.

In 2009, 'Our Glasgow' became a No. 4 bestseller in Scotland, Random House published the 2010 edition of his perennial 'Virgin Guide to British Universities'; and in New York in November, Pegasus-Dutton published its edition of 'Captivated', called 'Neverland', which was nominated for the Theatre Library Association's Freedley Award. In 2010 his oral history of Liverpool was published in hardcover by Headline. In 2011 came the 2012 edition of the Virgin Guide, the US paperback edition of 'Neverland', the UK paperback edition of 'Our Liverpool' and the e-book edition of his classic 'Dickens London - An Imaginative Vision'.

This year sees publication of 'Our Kate: The Real Catherine Cookson' in hardcover and e-book editions (Pilot Productions), e-book editions of the three oral histories (Headline), and the launch of a new publishing venture that will bring, among much else, new translations of the hugely popular Don Camillo books by Giovanni Guareschi, unavailable for some twenty years.

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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting idea, but extracts far too long 15 Dec 2013
By John Hopper VINE VOICE
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This short book looks at the reality of the London that Dickens grew up and wrote in, against the background of vast economic and social change and disruption, the mass migration from the countryside to the towns, the decline and fall of the yeoman class at the hands of capitalists and the coming of the railways. There are a fair number of photos, including interesting curiosities such as the blacking warehouse by Hungerford Stairs where Dickens was sent to work at the age of 10 (though the photo must have been taken later); however, a number of the photos are oddly captioned with quotes from the novels, and it would be interesting to know the context of the actual photos themselves of ragged children, etc. The very close and intimate relationships between the novels and the author's own life experiences become very evident here. The extracts from the novels are often far longer than necessary to make the author's point and rather give the impression of padding something that is basically an extended essay into book length. Worth a look, though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Feels rushed 10 May 2013
By pdel
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Some good ideas - and some relevance to the social history of the era as reflected - or refracted - through his creative prism...but as the book went on the quotes got longer and longer...until by the time I'd finished I thought I was reading Bleak House in its entirety and not a social/literary history. And I had read Bleak House in the last year so I was interested in knowing more about the shooting gallery in Leicester Square - were these common ? Or were they a creative, imagined idea of Dickens - and if so, based on what ? What actually went on - who went to them - why were they so popular - etc etc - but nothing to enlighten me in this book. Bit of a dud really - 3 stars is generous
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent!! 2 Mar 2012
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This is the book to have on this centenary year. Excellent illustrations, good, well written and amusing text - a true winner. Please don't miss it!!
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