Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
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Our Mutual Friend (864–65) i A body is found in the Thames River and identified as John Harmon, who recently returned to London to receive his inheritance. Had he remained alive, his father's will would require him to marry Bella Wilfer, a woman he had never met. Instead, the money passes to the working-class Boffins, and the effects spread into various corners of London society. Our Mutual Friend is Dickens last completed novel and his most sophisticated, combining psychological insight with social analysis.
 

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Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England on February 7, 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt institutions. His many books include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, and the couple had nine children before separating in 1858 when he began a long affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. Despite the scandal, Dickens remained a public figure, appearing often to read his fiction. He died in 1870, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.
 
Published November 1, 2000 by Modern Library. 490 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference, Romance, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Travel, Action & Adventure, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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David Timson reads Dickens's last complete novel with a sense of fun. As always, Dickens creates a fabulous array of characters: the nouveau riche Veneerings, the dwarf who makes doll clothes,

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David Timson reads Dickens's last complete novel with a sense of fun.

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The Independent

Dickens had decided he needed a new interpretation and Phiz, like Mrs Dickens, was discarded.

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NA hrs ISBN 9781843795551.

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SciFi Online

Disc one contains the first four episodes and has a couple of text based extras in the form of a Charles Dickens biography and bibliography and cast filmographies.

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The Paris Review

In the 1830s, the Reverend Chauncey Hare Townshend, suffering from various maladies, began to develop an interest in mesmerism, the cult of hypnotism that was then enjoying considerable popularity in Europe and which was said to possess healing powers.

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Classic Book Club

I loved all the names of the characters and the amount of characters there are – it feels like such a treat to read a Dickens book as there are such a wealth of characters, it is so full of people and their different stories.

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