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  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099540847
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 896
  • RRP: $19.99

Barnaby Rudge




Dickens’s first historical novel is a thrilling tale of murder, treachery and forbidden love with rioting mob scenes to make your hair stand on end.

‘One of Dickens’s most neglected, but most rewarding, novels’
Peter Ackroyd

Barnaby Rudge is a young innocent simpleton who is devoted to his talkative raven, Grip. When he gets caught up in the mayhem of the Gordon riots and a mysterious unsolved murder, his life is put in jeopardy. Barnaby Rudge a powerful historical tale of treachery, forbidden love, abduction and the dangerous power of the mob.

  • Pub date: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099540847
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 896
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in Hampshire on February 7, 1812. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office, who was well paid but often ended up in financial troubles. When Dickens was twelve years old he was send to work in a shoe polish factory because his family had be taken to the debtors' prison.Fagin is named after a boy Dickens disliked at the factory. His career as a writer of fiction started in 1833 when his short stories and essays began to appear in periodicals. The Pickwick Papers, his first commercial success, was published in 1836. In the same year he married the daughter of his friend George Hogarth, Catherine Hogarth. The serialisation of Oliver Twist began in 1837 while The Pickwick Papers was still running. Many other novels followed and The Old Curiosity Shop brought Dickens international fame and he became a celebrity America as well as Britain. He separated from his wife in 1858. Charles Dickens died on 9 June 1870, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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Praise for Barnaby Rudge

“Nothing seems more quintessentially British than Charles Dickens”

The Times

“Charles Dickens is one of the giants of English literature”

Sunday Express

“I would always prefer to go get another Dickens off the shelf than pick up a new book by someone I've not read yet”

Donna Tartt


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