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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Thistle Publishing (15 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909609439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909609433
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 954,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Weston was born in London and educated at Alleyn’s School Dulwich where he was taught by Michael Croft and became a founder-member of the National Youth Theatre. After National Service, where he was commissioned in the Royal Artillery, he won a scholarship to RADA. He has been a working actor for more than fifty years, doing everything from starring in Hollywood films, many seasons at the RSC and the National, appearing in twenty nine of Shakespeare’s plays – to Eastenders and Doctor Who. His first book, Covering McKellen, described as ‘Hugely enjoyable’ by the Daily Telegraph and ‘Salty, evocative and informative’ by the Daily Mail, won the Theatre Book of the Year Prize for 2011. Dodger - Down Under, his first novel, follows the adventures of Jack Dawkins, aka the Artful Dodger, following his transportation to Australia. David lives in Pimlico with his wife and dotes on four grandchildren, a cocker spaniel and Chelsea FC.


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I really enjoyed this book the original story and the introduction of some of Dickens's most famous character. The books was well written and believable. As with Dickens the author includes a social comment on the era being written about. It won't win the Nobel prize for literatue and I just downloaded the follow up novel.
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Being a big fan of Dickens, I was looking forward to reading this novel and it did not disappoint. However, it does seem to shoehorn more Dickens characters into it than is absolutely necessary and some of the coincidences would have even Dickens raising his eyebrows in surprise. That said, it is a rattling good read about Dodger's adventures on the way to and in Australia and New Zealand. David Weston has captured the Dodger's cheeky optimism and expanded on his character and, of all the other characters I particularly liked the perennially upbeat Micawber. Not being a cricket fan, I found the extended cricket match tedious at times, although I acknowledge how important it is. All in all a good read which also captures Dickens writing style.
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A riveting tale which I found hard to put down. It is a fascinating blend of fiction, historical facts, events and people, mixed with characters from other Dickens novels. I thoroughly recommend it and can't wait for the next instalment.
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An entertaining read, though it has some stiff competition. Of the Artful Dodger sequels I've read, only two show his adventures in Australia and I would say this is the better of the two. I'm glad to see the Artful Dodger/Jack Dawkins getting so much attention in recent years as he has always been a favourite literary figure for me. I think the cameo appearances of other Dickens story characters was a mistake though.
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The spirit of Dickens's Artful Dodger is alive and kicking in 'Dodger Down Under'! David Weston's graphically descriptive prose brings both character and scenic context vividly to life, and the narrative gallops along at a rollicking pace. A real page-turner, and a thoroughly entertaining read!
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DODGER DOWN UNDER is a fun roller-coaster of a read which sweeps you along as Dodger makes his way to Australia. David Weston's imaginative adventure of Dicken's character, transported down under, is original, entertaining and thrilling. You won't put it down till you have finished reading it!
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Clever use of Dickens various characters and combining them in the novel. Historically very descriptive and largely accurate. Good, broad subject. Why then did I find it so hard going? Reached a point where I was flicking pages. I like this type of novel but "Flashman" beats it hands down. Gave it three stars because it could be me but I would not buy another if it developed into a series.
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I'd just read Weston's "Covering McKellen", which I loved, when this book came out.Well, I loved this too. Yes, George MacDonald Fraser had the idea first, and turned a minor character in a Victorian novel into the marvellous Flashman series, but Weston does it very very well. Reading it, I spotted his sources for the history ("The Fatal Shore", etc) but he did a good job of turning them into fiction. The Artful Dodger from "Oliver Twist" gets transported to Botany Bay in the late 1820s, and searches for his unknown father -- without spoilers, that's the main story. But Weston has a wonderful time peopling the book with characters from Dickens (there are certainly more than I spotted, because I'm not a great Dickens enthusiast), and he shows a wonderful cricket match with Bennelong bowling, further advice on spin bowling from a convict called Warnie while Bradman coaches the batsmen... Just wonderful. And this is only the first book in a projected series. I'm waiting for the next.
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