A cutting satire of the shortcomings of Victorian society and widely regarded as one of Charles Dickens's finest novels.
Amy Dorrit (known as Little Dorrit) was born in the Marshalsea debtors' prison in London. She has lived there with her father and two elder siblings for all of her twenty-two years, only leaving to work each day as a seamstress for the forbidding Mrs Clennam. But Amy's fortunes are about to change: the arrival of Mrs Clennam's son Arthur, back from working in China, heralds the beginning of stunning revelations not just about Amy but also about Arthur himself.
Praise for Little Dorrit
He's a marvellous writer...He's very, very goodWilliam Trevor
I would always prefer to go get another Dickens off the shelf than pick up a new book by someone I've not read yetDonna Tartt
In Little Dorrit, Dickens attacked English institutions with a ferocity that has never since been approachedGeorge Orwell
It tripped my social conscience and infected me for the rest of my lifeJon Snow
There is no one Dickens novel I could pick over all the others. Dickens is huge-like the sky. Pick any page of Dickens and it's immediately recognizable as him, yet he might be doing social satire, or farce, or horror, or a psychological study of a murderer-or any combination of theseSusannah Clarke