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The mysterious tale of an orphan who is made into a gentleman, with one of the best opening scenes you'll ever read!

Charles Dickens's Great Expectations - now a major new film from director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter) - charts the course of orphan Pip Pirrip's life as it is transformed by a vast, mysterious inheritance. This Penguin Classics edition is edited with notes by Charlotte Mitchell, and an introduction by David Trotter.

Adapted from Dickens's novel by bestselling author David Nicholls (One Day), Great Expectations stars Ralph Fiennes (The Reader), Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and also features Robbie Coltrane, David Walliams and Sally Hawkins.

A terrifying encounter with the escaped convict Abel Magwitch in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decrepit Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella at Satis House; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor - these form a series of events that change the orphaned Pip's life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble station as an apprentice to blacksmith Joe Gargery, beginning a new life as a gentleman. Charles Dickens's haunting late novel depicts Pip's education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his identity, and his 'great expectations'.
This definitive version uses the text from the first published edition of 1861. It includes a map of Kent in the early nineteenth century, and appendices on Dickens's original ending and his working notes, giving readers an illuminating glimpse into the mind of a great novelist at work.

Charles Dickens is one of the best-loved novelists in the English language, whose 200th anniversary was celebrated in 2012. His most famous books, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield and The Pickwick Papers, have been adapted for stage and screen and read by millions.

'Great Expectations is up there for me with the world's greatest novels' - Howard Jacobson

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  • Paperback

    9780141439563

    January 9, 2004

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    544 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780141198897

    May 11, 2012

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    9781849904285

    January 15, 2012

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  • Hardback

    9780141040363

    August 1, 2011

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    9780141330136

    June 9, 2011

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  • Paperback

    9780099511571

    March 3, 2008

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    9780553213423

    February 1, 1998

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  • Great Expectations
    Charles Dickens, Charles Dickens

    Hardback

    9781857150568

    April 24, 1992

    Everyman

    462 pages

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  • Great Expectations
    Charles Dickens

    EBook

    9780141973784

    May 23, 2012

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    576 pages

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    9781446417331

    December 8, 2011

    BBC Digital

    512 pages

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  • Great Expectations
    Charles Dickens, Charles Dickens

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    9780141948966

    November 17, 2010

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    512 pages

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    9781407015262

    September 1, 2010

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    Charles Dickens, Charles Dickens

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    9780141907666

    January 9, 2004

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  • Paperback

    9780099589181

    May 1, 2014

    Vintage Children's Classics

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    9781448190157

    March 6, 2014

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