For those interested in more about Dickens, the subject of my latest book, try my website: http://charlesmosley.vpweb.co.uk - where on the 'Dickens jottings' page I discuss new developments relating to him.
I was born in London, the setting for nearly all Dickens's novels. He was originally a Pompey man. (That's Portsmouth to those who aren't familiar with the term - as indeed I wasn't till 25 years ago.) But I don't think he felt much love for the place. When he sends Nicholas Nickleby there in the novel of that name he paints its inhabitants as pretentious and self-important.
I have lived in London or further up the Thames Valley most of my life. But I have also spent two years in Rome, seven in Ireland and eight in France. Ireland's the only place I know where the stories about it fall short of the reality. I lived in a castle there and dined off smoked salmon. Castles and the king of fish were cheap then in Ireland. A place castles are still cheap is France. I lived in one there too.
I've written, edited or compiled 13 Gutenberg-type books and one e-book. Most are on this site.
My agent died three years ago. I'm in the process of getting another. Then I hope to bring out my political drama Honey Sting. Do watch out for it.