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Oliver Twist

‘This ain’t the shop for justice’ The Artful Dodger, Oliver Twist

Oliver is an orphan living on the dangerous London streets with no one but himself to rely on. Fleeing from poverty and hardship, he falls in with a criminal street gang who will not let him go, however hard he tries to escape.In Oliver Twist, Dickens graphically conjures up the capital’s underworld, full of prostitutes, thieves and lost and homeless children, and gives a voice to the disadvantaged and abused.

  • Published: 1 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9781409061328
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook

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 been 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 in 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 Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens is one of the giants of English literature

Sunday Express

Nothing seems more quintessentially British than Charles Dickens

The Times

My all-time favourite author is Charles Dickens

Lesley Pearse

There's only one Charles Dickens

Nick Hornby

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

He's a marvellous writer ... He's very, very good

William Trevor

I love all of Dickens

Jo Brand

Charles Dickens is one of the giants of English literature

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