The Crown of Thorns

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Publisher:Schwartz & Wade

ISBN:0375987401

Total Pages:40

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For years Dickens kept the story of his own childhood a secret. Yet it is a story worth telling. For it helps us remember how much we all might lose when a child's dreams don't come true . . . As a child, Dickens was forced to live on his own and work long hours in a rat-infested blacking factory. Readers will be drawn into the winding streets of London, where they will learn how Dickens got the inspiration for many of his characters. The 200th anniversary of Dickens's birth was February 7, 2012, and this tale of his little-known boyhood is the perfect way to introduce kids to the great author. This Booklist Best Children's Book of the Year is historical fiction at its ingenious best.

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What-the-Dickens

Author:Gregory Maguire

Publisher:Candlewick Press

ISBN:0763651710

Total Pages:336

Viewed:1982

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A terrible storm is raging, and ten-year-old Dinah is huddled by candlelight with her brother, sister, and cousin Gage, who is telling a very unusual tale. It’s the story of What-the-Dickens, a newly hatched orphan creature who finds he has an attraction to teeth, a crush on a cat named McCavity, and a penchant for getting into trouble. One day he happens upon a feisty girl skibberee who is working as an Agent of Change -- trading coins for teeth -- and learns that there is a dutiful tribe of skibbereen (call them tooth fairies) to which he hopes to belong. As his tale of discovery unfolds, however, both What-the- Dickens and Dinah come to see that the world is both richer and less sure than they ever imagined.

Dombey and Son

Author:Charles Dickens

Publisher:Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing

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Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son: Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation is one of the best novels by Charles Dickens. This novel astonishes by the endless number of figures and life situations. There are not many novels in the world literature, apart from some later works by Dickens, that are so rich and diversified in colours as Dombey and Son. The small bourgeois characters as well as representatives of the London poor class are created by him with huge love. Mostly all of these people are strange, but their eccentric behaviour, that is so funny, makes the characters close and sweet.

Mr. Dickens and His Carol

Author:Samantha Silva

Publisher:Flatiron Books

ISBN:1250154030

Total Pages:288

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“A charming, comic, and ultimately poignant story about the creation of the most famous Christmas tale ever written. It’s as foggy and haunted and redemptive as the original; it’s all heart, and I read it in a couple of ebullient, Christmassy gulps.” —Anthony Doerr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of All The Light We Cannot See Laced with humor, rich historical detail from Charles Dickens’ life, and clever winks to his work, Samantha Silva's Mr. Dickens and His Carol is an irresistible new take on a cherished classic. Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. And a serious bout of writer’s block sets in. Frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace in his great palace of thinking, the city of London itself. On one of his long night walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, who might be just the muse he needs. As Dickens’ deadlines close in, Eleanor propels him on a Scrooge-like journey that tests everything he believes about generosity, friendship, ambition, and love. The story he writes will change Christmas forever.

The Mystery of Charles Dickens

Author:A.N. Wilson

Publisher:HarperCollins

ISBN:0062954962

Total Pages:368

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A lively and insightful biographical celebration of the imaginative genius of Charles Dickens, published in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of his death. Charles Dickens was a superb public performer, a great orator and one of the most famous of the Eminent Victorians. Slight of build, with a frenzied, hyper-energetic personality, Dickens looked much older than his fifty-eight years when he died—an occasion marked by a crowded funeral at Westminster Abbey, despite his waking wishes for a small affair. Experiencing the worst and best of life during the Victorian Age, Dickens was not merely the conduit through whom some of the most beloved characters in literature came into the world. He was one of them. Filled with the twists, pathos, and unusual characters that sprang from this novelist’s extraordinary imagination, The Mystery of Charles Dickens looks back from the legendary writer’s death to recall the key events in his life. In doing so, he seeks to understand Dickens’ creative genius and enduring popularity. Following his life from cradle to grave, it becomes clear that Dickens’s fiction drew from his life—a fact he acknowledged. Like Oliver Twist, Dickens suffered a wretched childhood, then grew up to become not only a respectable gentleman but an artist of prodigious popularity. Dickens knew firsthand the poverty and pain his characters endured, including the scandal of a failed marriage. Going beyond standard narrative biography, A. N. Wilson brilliantly revisits the wellspring of Dickens’s vast and wild imagination, to reveal at long last why his novels captured the hearts of nineteenth century readers—and why they continue to resonate today. The Mystery of Charles Dickens is illustrated with 30 black-and-white images.

The Haunting of Charles Dickens

Author:Lewis Buzbee

Publisher:Feiwel & Friends

ISBN:9781429961745

Total Pages:368

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Meg Pickel's older brother, Orion, has disappeared. One night, she steals out to look for him, and makes two surprising discoveries: She stumbles upon a séance that she suspects involves Orion, and she meets the author Charles Dickens, also unable to sleep, and roaming the London streets. He is a customer of Meg's father, who owns a print shop, and a family friend. Mr. Dickens fears that the children of London aren't safe, and is trying to solve the mystery of so many disappearances. If he can, then perhaps he'll be able to write once again. With stunning black-and-white illustrations by Greg Ruth, here is a literary mystery that celebrates the power of books, and brings to life one of the world's best-loved authors.

Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London

Author:Andrea Warren

Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN:0547677286

Total Pages:160

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Provoked by the horrors he saw every day, Charles Dickens wrote novels that were originally intended as instruments for social change—to save his country’s children. Charles Dickens is best known for his contributions to the world of literature, but during his young life, Dickens witnessed terrible things that stayed with him: families starving in doorways, babies being “dropped” on streets by mothers too poor to care for them, and a stunning lack of compassion from the upper class. After his family went into debt and he found himself working at a shoe-polish factory, Dickens soon realized that the members of the lower class were no different than he, and, even worse, they were given no chance to better themselves. It was then that he decided to use his greatest talent, his writing ability, to tell the stories of those who had no voice. In this book, award-winning author Andrea Warren takes readers on a journey into the workhouses, slums, factories, and schools of Victorian England, and into the world of a beloved writer who used his pen to do battle on behalf of the poor, becoming one of the greatest reformers of his or any age.

A Christmas Carol

Author:Charles Dickens

Publisher:East West Studio

ISBN:

Total Pages:102

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A Christmas Carol is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in 1843. The short novel met with instant success and critical acclaim. A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man. It remains popular and has been adapted many times to film, stage, opera, and other media.

Mugby Junction

Author:Charles Dickens

Publisher:The Floating Press

ISBN:1776594533

Total Pages:159

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Though he ranked as the most popular Victorian-era novelist by far, Charles Dickens craved creative innovation and often collaborated with other writers of the era. This clever collection of collaborative stories written by Dickens and a who's-who of Victorian literary luminaries is a series of linked tales that all relate to railway travel in some way.

Searching for Schindler

Author:Thomas Keneally

Publisher:Nan A. Talese

ISBN:0385528493

Total Pages:288

Viewed:929

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This is the captivating story behind Schindler’s List, the Booker Prize–winning book and the Academy Award–winning Spielberg film. Keneally tells the tale of the unlikely encounter that propelled him to write about Oskar Schindler and of the impact of his extraordinary account on people around the world. Thomas Keneally met Leopold “Poldek” Pfefferberg, the owner of a Beverly Hills luggage shop, in 1981. Poldek, a Polish Jew and a Holocaust survivor, had a tale he wanted the world to know. Charming, charismatic, and persistent, he convinced Keneally to relate the incredible story of “the all-drinking, all-screwing, all-black-marketeering Nazi, Oskar Schindler. But to me he was Jesus Christ.” Searching for Schindler is the engrossing chronicle of Keneally’s pursuit of one of history’s most fascinating and paradoxical heroes. Traveling throughout the United States, Germany, Israel, Poland, and Austria, Keneally and Poldek interviewed people who had known Schindler and uncovered their indelible memories of the Holocaust. Keneally’s powerful narrative rose quickly to the top of bestseller lists. Steven Spielberg’s magnificent film adaptation went on to fulfill Poldek’s dream of winning “an Oscar for Oskar.” (Keneally’s anecdotes about Spielberg, Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and other cast members will delight film buffs.) Written with candor and humor, Seaching for Schindler is an intimate look at Keneally’s growth as a writer and the enormous success of his portrait of Oskar Schindler.

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

Author:Thomas Keneally

Publisher:Open Road Media

ISBN:1504026721

Total Pages:178

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A tormented and humiliated mixed-race Australian man reaches his breaking point and takes terrifying revenge on his abusers in this critically acclaimed novel based on actual events In Australia at the turn of the twentieth century, Jimmie Blacksmith is desperate to figure out where he belongs. Half-Anglo and half-Aboriginal, he feels out of place in both cultures. Schooled in the ways of white society by a Protestant missionary, Jimmie forsakes tribal customs, adopts the white man’s religion, marries a white woman, and seeks a life of honest labor in a world Aborigines are normally barred from entering. But he will always be seen as less than human by the employers who cheat and exploit him, the fellow workers who deride him, and the wife who betrays him—and a man can only take so much. Driven by hopelessness, rage, and despair, Jimmie commits a series of savage and terrible acts of vengeance and becomes something he never thought he’d be: a murderer, a fugitive, and, ultimately, a legend. Based on shocking real-life events, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith is a powerful tale of racism, identity, intolerance, and murder from the celebrated bestselling author of Schindler’s List, Thomas Keneally. This magnificent historical novel remains a stunning, provocative, and profoundly affecting reading experience.

A Message from the Sea

Author:Charles Dickens

Publisher:Lindhardt og Ringhof

ISBN:8726586843

Total Pages:20

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"How do you do, ma'am?" said the captain. "I am very glad to see you. I have come a long way to see you." Who hasn’t dreamt of finding an old bottle between rocks on a beach somewhere, and seeing it has a rolled-up letter inside it? A Message from the Sea is a fairy tale by Charles Dickens and it tells the story of an American captain who travels a long way to deliver a message he found in at bottle to a family in a small English fishing village. It’s a refreshing and happy read in which the impossible happens. Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was an English author, social critic, and philanthropist. Much of his writing first appeared in small instalments in magazines and was widely popular. Among his most famous novels are Oliver Twist (1839), David Copperfield (1850), and Great Expectations (1861).

George Silverman's Explanation

Author:Charles Dickens

Publisher:Lindhardt og Ringhof

ISBN:8726605228

Total Pages:19

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"Mother had the gripe and clutch of poverty upon her face, upon her figure, and not least of all upon her voice." After a traumatic childhood spent locked in a cellar, the orphaned George Silverman embarks on adolescence with the belief that he is completely worthless and that the people he cares about are better off without him. Not even when he falls in love with his beautiful student does he allow himself the luxury of happiness. And people like George are easy to take advantage of... One of Dickens’ last writings, George Silverman's Explanation is one of his finest psychological achievements. A dark and fascinating story. Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was an English author, social critic, and philanthropist. Much of his writing first appeared in small instalments in magazines and was widely popular. Among his most famous novels are Oliver Twist (1839), David Copperfield (1850), and Great Expectations (1861).

Marley

Author:Jon Clinch

Publisher:Simon and Schuster

ISBN:1982129727

Total Pages:304

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The acclaimed author of Finn “digs down to the bones of a classic and creates must-read modern literature” (Charles Frazier, New York Times bestselling author) with this “clever riff” (The Washington Post) on Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol that explores of the relationship between Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley. “Marley was dead, to begin with,” Charles Dickens tells us at the beginning of A Christmas Carol. But in Jon Clinch’s “masterly” (The New York Times Book Review) novel, Jacob Marley, business partner to Ebenezer Scrooge, is very much alive: a rapacious and cunning boy who grows up to be a forger, a scoundrel, and the man who will be both the making and the undoing of Scrooge. They meet as youths in the gloomy confines of Professor Drabb’s Academy for Boys, where Marley begins their twisted friendship by initiating the innocent Scrooge into the art of extortion. Years later, in the dank heart of London, their shared ambition manifests itself in a fledgling shipping empire. Between Marley’s genius for deception and Scrooge’s brilliance with numbers, they amass a considerable fortune of dubious legality, all rooted in a pitiless commitment to the soon-to-be-outlawed slave trade. As Marley toys with the affections of Scrooge’s sister, Fan, Scrooge falls under the spell of Fan’s best friend, Belle Fairchild. Now, for the first time, Scrooge and Marley find themselves at odds. With their business interests inextricably bound together and instincts for secrecy and greed bred in their very bones, the two men engage in a shadowy war of deception, forged documents, theft, and cold-blooded murder. Marley and Scrooge are destined to clash in an unforgettable reckoning that will echo into the future and set the stage for Marley’s ghostly return. “Read through to the last page of this brilliant book, and I promise you that you will have a permanently changed view, not just of Dickens’s world, but of the world we live in today” (Elizabeth Letts, New York Times bestselling author).

The Boy on the Shed:A remarkable sporting memoir with a foreword by Alan Shearer

Author:Paul Ferris

Publisher:Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN:1473666724

Total Pages:304

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Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award The Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year The Times Sports Book of the Year Telegraph Football Book of the Year 'Ferris's wonderful memoir represents a twin triumph. He has endured every kind of setback in life but has invariably reinvented himself; and his writing is a pure pleasure.' The Sunday Times 'Enough depth and humanity to make your average football autobiography look like a Ladybird book.' Telegraph 'A masterpiece of the genre' Brian McNally 'Football memoirs rarely produce great literature but Ferris's The Boy on the Shed is a glistening exception.' Guardian 'Fascinating and stylishly told.' David Walsh, The Sunday Times The Boy on the Shed is a story of love and fate. At 16, Paul Ferris becomes Newcastle United's youngest-ever first-teamer. Like many a tricky winger from Northern Ireland, he is hailed as 'the new George Best'. As a player and later a physio and member of the Magpies' managerial team, Paul's career acquaints him not only with Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish and Bobby Robson, Ruud Gullit, Paul Gascoigne and Alan Shearer but also with injury, insecurity and disappointment. Yet this autobiography is more than a tale of the vagaries of sporting fortune. It begins during 'The Troubles' in a working-class Catholic family in the Protestant town of Lisburn, near Belfast. After a childhood scarred by his mother's illness and sectarian hatred, Paul meets the love of his life, his future wife Geraldine. Talented and carefree on the pitch, shy and anxious off it, he earns a tilt at stardom. His first spell at Newcastle turns sour, as does his return as a physio, although obtaining a Masters degree shows him what he could achieve away from football. When Paul qualifies as a barrister, a career in Law beckons. Instead, a craving to prove himself in the game draws him back to St James' Park as part of Shearer's management triumvirate - with unfortunate consequences. Written with brutal candour, dark humour and consummate style, The Boy on the Shed is a riveting and moving account of a life less ordinary

The Polished Hoe

Author:Austin Clarke

Publisher:Dundurn.com

ISBN:088762815X

Total Pages:480

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Winner of the 2002 Scotiabank Giller Prize and of the 2003 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Best Book (Canada and the Caribbean) When an elderly Bimshire village woman calls the police to confess to a murder, the result is a shattering all-night vigil that brings together elements of the African diaspora in one epic sweep. Set on the post-colonial West Indian island of Bimshire in 1952, The Polished Hoe unravels over the course of 24 hours but spans the lifetime of one woman and the collective experience of a society informed by slavery. As the novel opens, Mary Mathilda is giving confession to Sargeant, a police officer she has known all her life. The man she claims to have murdered is Mr. Belfeels, the village plantation owner for whom she has worked for more than thirty years. Mary has also been Mr. Belfeels’ mistress for most of that time and is the mother of his only son, Wilberforce, a successful doctor. What transpires through Mary’s words and recollections is a deep meditation about the power of memory and the indomitable strength of the human spirit. Infused with Joycean overtones, this is a literary masterpiece that evokes the sensuality of the tropics and the tragic richness of Island culture.

The Austin Clarke Library

Author:Austin Clarke

Publisher:Dundurn

ISBN:1459734408

Total Pages:1568

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Gathered together are three extraordinary books by renowned storyteller and memoirist Austin Clarke. ’Membering, Clarke’s breathtaking memoir, spans over fifty years of his life as a writer, chronicling his coming to Canada in the fifties, formative experiences with Malcolm X, Chinua Achebe, and LeRoi Jones, and bursting with cultural insights and poignant memories from a narrative master. In The Polished Hoe, winner of the Giller Prize and the 2003 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, when an elderly Bimshire village woman calls the police to confess to a murder, the result is a shattering all-night vigil that brings together elements of the African diaspora in one epic sweep. Set on the post-colonial West Indian island of Bimshire in 1952, The Polished Hoe unravels over the course of 24 hours but spans the lifetime of one woman and the collective experience of a society informed by slavery. Choosing His Coffin is a selection of Clarke’s finest work from more than forty years of storytelling, drawing on his Caribbean roots and his years in Canada. These stories range in theme from growing up in West Indian society and what it means to be black in both the United States and Canada to surviving as an immigrant in a predominantly Anglo-Saxon culture.

Nothin' to Be Ashamed of... We'll Get By

Author:Kevin Watts

Publisher:Wheatmark, Inc.

ISBN:1627875123

Total Pages:322

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Nothin' to Be Ashamed of…We'll Get By chronicles the struggles of the Buck family in impoverished Crooksville, Ohio, during the turbulent 1940s. This heart-wrenching work, inspired by real people, explores the role poverty plays in small, bucolic towns across the United States and how hardship bonds families and communities together in ways that have come to define the American experience. For millions of people who live in rural poverty like the Buck family, the American dream is nothing more than a daily battle to survive. This is their story -- one which will engage and resonate with readers from all backgrounds.

Ralph Compton Guns of the Canyonlands

Author:Ralph Compton,Joseph A. West

Publisher:Penguin

ISBN:1101099232

Total Pages:288

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Two men team up to take down a corrupt rancher in this western in Ralph Compton's USA Today bestselling series... Chance Tyree never looks for trouble. But with his reputation as a lethal gunhand, trouble has a habit of finding him. In the Utah canyonlands, Chance ends up at the wrong end of a rope after he’s accused of being a hired killer—and is saved from the hangmen by Owen Fowler. Fowler knows what it’s like to be punished for another man’s crime. He spent nine years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, and now he’s come home to start over. That’s something local rancher Quirt Latham will never allow. He’s making a play to take over Fowler’s old property, and killing is a small price to pay. On the run from Latham’s men, the new friends hole up with a grizzled cowman and his daughter, and learn that Latham’s sinister ambitions reach even farther than they thought. Now, with Latham determined to take them down, and a cold-blooded corrupt sheriff coming for blood, Tyree’s lightning-fast draw is the only chance they have left... More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books In Print!

Oliver Twist

Author:Charles Dickens

Publisher:First Avenue Editions ™

ISBN:1467787612

Total Pages:530

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Raised in a workhouse for orphans, Oliver Twist never knew his mother, who died just after he was born, and he has no idea who his father could be. He escapes the workhouse and runs away to London, where he discovers the city's seedy underbelly that teems with pickpockets and beggars. While making friends and enemies in high and low places, Oliver tries to avoid a life of destitution and crime in the corrupt city. English author Charles Dickens' rags-to-riches story champions the poor and examines social morals. This is an unabridged version of the novel, first published in 1838.