Category Archives: Book Reviews etc

Going Places, Meeting People – Dickens’ Guided Tours of London

Reviewed by Kim Hapgood. The first of Sketches By Boz that I chose to read was “Seven Dials”: I should have chosen otherwise! It took me a very long time to read this very short story – but that’s exactly … Continue reading

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Dickens at Gad’s Hill by Alan S Watts

Publisher: Cedric Dickens and Elvendon Pres (1989) – Reviewed by Brigitte Lucey.   Alan S. Watts when writing Dickens at Gad’s Hill was Honorary General Secretary of the Dickens Fellowship. He later became its President (1990-92). His insight into Charles … Continue reading

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Dickens by Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: Sinclair-Stevenson Limited (London 1990) – Reviewed by Dr Noel Wallis. Dickens’ birth, life & death…a gleaning from Peter Ackroyd’s book: My wife and I recently spent a week at Caloundra on the Queensland Sunshine Coast, and on one day … Continue reading

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London Pictures: drawn with Pen and Pencil by The Rev. Richard Lovett M.A.

Publisher: The Religious Tract Society (London 1890) – Reviewed by Dr Noel Wallis. I was browsing one of my ‘ancient’ library books and came across this piece of Dickensian history in London Pictures: drawn with Pen and Pencil by the Rev Richard … Continue reading

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Inside Their Heads: Psychological Profiles of Famous People by Richard D Ryder

Ryelands Publishing (Wellington, Somerset, 2015) – Reviewed by Jan Cooper. Richard D Ryder’s 2015 book, Inside their Heads: Psychological profiles of Famous People includes Charles Dickens amongst the famous people he looks at. Ryder is a PhD from Cambridge and … Continue reading

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The Dog in the Dickensian Imagination by Beryl Gray

Ashgate Publishing (Farnham, Surrey 2014) – Reviewed by Malvina Yock. This book explores the dogs in Charles Dickens’ life, both real and fictional. It begins with a lively introduction from the author, asserting that the streets of London where Dickens … Continue reading

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Performing Authorship in the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Lecture Tour by Amanda Adams

Ashgate Publishing (Farnham, Surrey, 2014) – Reviewed by Graham Harman. What is it? At 148 pages, plus a further 20 pages of Bibliography and Index, Amanda Adams’ latest offering is a slender volume; but you won’t breeze through this substantive … Continue reading

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