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The St. Mihiel Offensive Admiral Albert Hastings Markham Gresley and his Locomotives Hollywood’s Dark History

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Rome Rules the Waves Murder, Witchcraft and the Killing of Wildlife Charles II and his Escape into Exile Mrs Despard and The Suffrage Movement

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The Wreck Hunter A History of the 9th (Highlanders) Royal Scots Ian Fleming and SOE’s Operation POSTMASTER The Mother of the Brontës

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Dickens and Christmas by Lucinda Hawksley

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‘This is a book for lovers of Christmas, for people interested in the Victorian period and its traditions, for people who want to learn more about Dickens, and it will be of particular interest to writers who want to learn more about what writing was like at the time. I loved the fragments of Dickens’s stories that exemplify why he continues to be loved, valued and appreciated. A fabulous gift, for you or for those you love.’ (Olga, Author Translator)

‘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.’ (For the Love of Books)

Dickens and Christmas is an exploration of the 19th-century phenomenon that became the Christmas we know and love today – and of the writer who changed, forever, the ways in which it is celebrated. Charles Dickens was born in an age of great social change. He survived childhood poverty to become the most adored and influential man of his time. Throughout his life, he campaigned tirelessly for better social conditions, including by his most famous work, A Christmas Carol. He wrote this novella specifically to “strike a sledgehammer blow on behalf of the poor man’s child”, and it began the Victorians’ obsession with Christmas.

This new book, written by one of his direct descendants, explores not only Dickens’s most famous work, but also his all-too-often overlooked other Christmas novellas. It takes the readers through the seasonal short stories he wrote, for both adults and children, includes much-loved festive excerpts from his novels, uses contemporary newspaper clippings, and looks at Christmas writings by Dickens’s contemporaries. To give an even more personal insight, readers can discover how the Dickens family itself celebrated Christmas, through the eyes of Dickens’s unfinished autobiography, family letters, and his children’s memoirs.

In Victorian Britain, the celebration of Christmas lasted for 12 days, ending on 6 January, or Twelfth Night. Through Dickens and Christmas, readers will come to know what it would have been like to celebrate Christmas in 1812, the year in which Dickens was born. They will journey through the Christmases Dickens enjoyed as a child and a young adult, through to the ways in which he and his family celebrated the festive season at the height of his fame. It also explores the ways in which his works have gone on to influence how the festive season is celebrated around the globe.

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