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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099540694
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 928
  • RRP: $19.99

Our Mutual Friend




A sophisticated mystery, a love story and a tale of the corruptive power of wealth.

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY NICK HORNBY

John Harmon returns to England after years in exile to claim his inheritance: a great fortune and a beautiful young woman to whom he is betrothed, but has never met. When Harmon's body is pulled out of the Thames, all of London is fascinated by the mystery of the murdered man and his unclaimed riches. Scavengers, social-climbers, lawyers and teachers, a money-lender and a dolls-dressmaker, men and women both honest and villainous, will all become embroiled in this tale of love and obsession, death and rebirth.

  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099540694
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 928
  • 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 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 Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend made me want to be a writer

Zoe Heller, Guardian

Dickens wasn't just telling a story, but drawing a panoramic picture of his times, full of detail about the way the Victorians lived, loved and thought. Our Mutual Friend is superbly constructed - part social satire, part murder mystery, part love story. It is crowded with memorable characters: the aspirational Veneerings, the playboy lawyer Eugene Wrayburn, and the heroines: giddy-minded Bella Wilfur and saintly Lizzy Hexam

Independent

Our Mutual Friend disturbs us to the root of our being...terribly great

John Sutherland

Perhaps his greatest work. The great novel of London: dark, wise, unsentimental

William Boyd, Newsweek

Charles Dickens is the greatest novelist in the English language

Peter Ackroyd

This combines social satire, a gripping murder mystery and a portrait of Victorian London that still rings deep and true

Amanda Craig, Sunday Express

Nowhere is the author's overriding concern with the darker aspects of Victorian society and values better expressed than in his last completed novel

Daily Mail

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