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Dodger [Kindle Edition]

James Benmore
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'Dickens would have loved this ... a brilliant character ... as lively and funny as the original Artful Dodger' Conn Iggulden.

'Benmore has a natural talent ... expertly emulates Dickens' style for creating memorable individuals ... found it very difficult to put down' Bookbag.

'Plenty of depth and emotion ... from Young Adult to grandparent, there is something in this story for all to love' Parmenion Books.

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The Artful Dodger is back! Returning to the page for the first time in 175 years, London's most skilled and charismatic thief is back to ply his trade on the capital's streets once more. From the rooftops to the sewers, Dodger leads us on a witty and thrilling adventure through Dickensian London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1929 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Heron Books (11 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ANJW3P8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My debut novel DODGER tells the continuing story of Jack Dawkins, the Artful Dodger from OLIVER TWIST. It is published by Heron Books and available now in paperback or ebook. The sequel, DODGER OF THE DIALS was released in hardback and ebook in June 2014.

I'm represented by United Agents and my agent is Jon Elek. My Film/TV agent is Yasmin McDonald also at United Agents.

I studied literature at the Open University and have since completed an MSt in Creative Writing at Oxford University. On graduating I won the AM Heath Prize for prose fiction for the first five chapters of DODGER.

I also writes short stories and in 2011 won the Fiction Desk Writer's Award for my story `Jaggers & Crown' which was published in the anthology,`All These Little Worlds'. My story `Bitter' was published in the Failed Novelists Anthology 2011.

I'm writer-in-residence at Gad's Hill School in Rochester, former home of Charles Dickens. I recently launched DODGER OF THE DIALS there on the 144th anniversary of Dickens' death. In July 2014 I gave a talk called `Dickens and the Dodger' at the Dickens Museum in London. 

I've written articles for websites such as Historical Honey, The Fiction Desk, Context Travel, City Read and others.

I also write for Portal Entertainment on a number of their immersive media thrillers. Details of those projects to follow.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Debut 7 April 2013

This is one of those books that should not need too much advertising or blurb, at least it should not for anyone who loves reading. We are after all talking about a sequel to one of the all time great stories "Oliver Twist", a story from the great Charles Dickens.

A début writer taking on something like this might be considered, arrogant, audacious, possibly even career suicide. But the fact that Heron are publishing it, means that there is something there.

So first impressions; The cover art, personally I think its fantastic, it's what drew me to the book immediately (well that and I'm a sucker for a début novel) Then the concept, the return of the artful dodger, the return of a boy transported to the colonies (Australia) for stealing. (maybe we need a new place to transport the thugs and thief's of today?), how has he returned? is he reformed?

The Dodger is back and he has an agenda. Given a pardon by a disreputable peer of the realm and a mission to fulfil with his ever-present watcher the aboriginal Warrigal. We get to find out the fate of many of the characters in Oliver twist and also meet up with the members of Fagin's gang who are still living the life of the thief, while our rascal The Dodger looks for the Jakkapoor Stone, a Jewel of value, and ominous history.

Like in life sometimes its best not to go back, not all reunions are sweet, and some are dangerous. Old friendships are reforged, some are forver consigned to history and in the case of Ruby some friendships turn to love for our young Dodger.

So can Benmore write?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dodger is back! 11 Oct 2014
Dodger is one of those books I've been meaning for a while. When I still lived with my parents we had a Jack Russell called Dodger so it was almost fate! I have to admit however, I'm not generally a huge fan of Dickens' books but I do make an exception for Oliver Twist and when somebody strongly recommended me James Benmore's book I immediately added it to my to be read list.
From the first few pages I was hooked. As in Dickens' novel The Artful Dodger is arrested and transported to Australia, unaware of the fates of Fagin, Bill and Nancy. This part of his life is skipped over here and we meet Dodger again on his return to England five years later when he is accompanied by an Aboriginal man called Warrigal, ostensibly his servant, having apparently made his fortune exporting wool. It swiftly becomes clear however, that Jack Dawkins hasn't gone straight. He is actually in search of the Jakkapoor Stone, a valuable jewel with an dark history. What follows is a thrillingly exuberant adventure story, occasionally poignant and with clever twists and turns, featuring a cast of vibrant characters who would fit into any Dickens novel. We learn more about Dodger's childhood, with Fagin, here a more sympathetic character (drawn as he is from Dodger's memories), meet some of Fagin's other kinchins again, now grown up, and are even treated to a brief mention of Great Expectations' Abel Magwitch. Naturally though it's Dodger himself who is the star of proceedings and his character leaps off the page. He's an anti-hero really, unlike many of Dickens' characters who find retribution, Dodger feels no remorse for his crimes. Quite the opposite in fact, he's proud of his prowess as a pickpocket and as our narrator frequently boasts of his skills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars magical 22 April 2014
By Hannah
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Read this following an interview with the author on Buenavista book club. Brilliant book that captures the magic, beauty and struggle of Dickensian London. Loved it and strongly recommend. Effortless to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant book 9 Oct 2013
Dodger is back from the penal colony with a slightly suspicious sounding pardon from the Governor of Australia, with an aboriginal man called Warrigal in tow, who he tells everyone is his valet called Peter Cole (who causes more than a few raised eyebrows in 1850s London). The pair have money, and a mission, and yet they are barely off the boat when Dodger is up to his old tricks, trying to charm a young lady out of her expensive engagement ring, and drawing unwanted attention from a policeman from the new breed of `Peelers' who are trying to clean up London's underworld.

Their mission - to find a mysterious jewel - brings him back into the arms of his old cronies, yet nothing is as it was before - where Dodger was `top sawyer' - the king of the pickpockets. Jem is in charge now, and he's moved on to burglary... with murderous consequences.

Victorian London is evocatively portrayed - the sights, smells and the people coming alive on the page and drawing you in. The characterisation is just fantastic. The plot twists and turns brilliantly, with many well thought out surprises along the way; and the ending is quite unexpected, yet startlingly obvious in a way that makes you want to read it again immediately to pick up all the clues.

Dodger himself is drawn brilliantly. The language is full of humour and colour, and his world is one that you can't help but be absorbed into.

I can't wait to find out what he gets up to next.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I've thoroughly enjoyed reading this and it's sequel 'Dodger of the...
This is well worth buying. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading this and it's sequel 'Dodger of the Dials' I just wish there was another book
in this series to look forward to
Published 3 days ago by Tantermount
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is just as good, he captures the character of the Artful...
Have read the other book in the series Dodger in the Dials, so read them out of order.
This book is just as good, he captures the character of the Artful Dodger, as you would... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Sue
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy to read and has humour.
Published 1 month ago by Angele
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello again Artful Dodger
Great to read what might have happened to the Artful Dodger next. An amusing and entertaining read. Recommend to anyone who enjoyed Dickens' original character. Read more
Published 3 months ago by helen clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read!
This is not the usual sort of book that I choose to read, but I was recommended it by a friend, and I am so pleased that I did. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs E L Margrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Amazing characters (thanks to Mr. Dickens, but revived with dignity and grace), easy to read, fast-moving story and terrific East London dialogue. Looking forward to the next one!
Published 3 months ago by Christie L. Fidura
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by d p butler
5.0 out of 5 stars follow onto Oliver Twist
took me two chapters to get into the style of writing, but have loved every turn of the page waiting to see what is happening next. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BERYL FREEMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars he is a bit like me
wants to dodge about a bit more but still a good read but I have not finished yet watch this space.
Published 4 months ago by DAVID RIDLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't dodge this novel
Well written, great atmosphere and the characters were top notch. Enjoyed this book and love reading books set in this era. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bookworm
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