Christmas Classics: Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Marley was dead to begin with
‘Marley was dead, to begin with.’

‘Marley was dead, to begin with.’As opening lines go, this has to be one of my favourites. Last Christmas a thirteen-year-old I work with remarked that she didn’t understand why movie adaptations of ‘A Christmas Carol’ were considered appropriate fare for children, when the story is actually pretty creepy. I told her she was absolutely right: ‘A Christmas Carol’ is not a story for children. Continue reading “Christmas Classics: Dickens’ A Christmas Carol”

Author Profile: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Why read Dickens? Sure he was popular in his day – the most popular author of the Victorian era, it is often said – but that was well over a hundred years ago now. Why, in the 21st century, should we still care about what this moralising freelance reporter has to say? Continue reading “Author Profile: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)”

English Literature in 10 Classic Reads

The French may have a reputation for making the best wine. The Italians and the Dutch may have been renowned for centuries as the world’s finest artists. Germany may have produced some of history’s greatest composers. But when it comes to words, no-one does it quite like the English. Continue reading “English Literature in 10 Classic Reads”