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Lead book review

The many rival identities of Charles Dickens

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst explores the many rival identities of Charles Dickens

6 June 2020

9:00 AM

6 June 2020

9:00 AM

The Mystery of Charles Dickens A.N. Wilson

Atlantic, pp.368, 17.99

Until the age of ten I lived in a street of mock-Georgian houses called Dickens Drive. Copperfield Way and Pickwick Close were just around the corner. Even now I regularly pass the Pickwick Guest House on the main road out of Oxford. None of this is especially surprising. Go online and you can buy a ribbed tank top for your dog emblazoned ‘I love Charles Dickens’ or a flexible Dickens action figure ‘with quill pen and detachable hat’.

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