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15/11/2019: Dickens and Christmas by Lucinda Hawksley

Dickens and Christmas
Lucinda Hawksley
Published by Pen and Sword

A beautifully presented book in hardback with a dust cover. This book reminds us what an influence the man, Charles Dickens was on the Christmas period.

From the filth of Victorian England, Hawksley tells how Dickens’ worked his way from the depths poverty to become a respected writer. Incorporating snippets from Dickens’ books and private writings, Hawksley enthrals us with the knowledge that Charles Dickens rubbed shoulders with famous names and high society.

The book includes a selection of black and white photographs, cartoons, sketches and Victorian Christmas cards (the latter originated, coincidently, at the same time ‘A Christmas Carol was published’) we learn more about the era through its imagery. Chock full of interesting information, this biography interwoven with snippets of private letters tell us how his life, views and writings greatly influenced the Victorian era, so much so that we keep many of these feelings and traditions alive today.

Hawksley, a distant relative of Dickens, is in the prime position to write about him. She has written an interesting and entertaining book that does not have to be enjoyed only at the festive period, but all year around.

Reviewed by Sarah Banham

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