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  • Published: 14 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787330702
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $49.99

The Turning Point

A Year that Changed Dickens and the World




A major new biography of Charles Dickens, by the award-winning author of Becoming Dickens and The Story of Alice

A major new biography of Charles Dickens, tracing the year that would transform his life and times

*BY THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF BECOMING DICKENS AND THE STORY OF ALICE*

'It is hard to imagine a better book on Dickens' NEW STATESMAN

The year is 1851. It's a time of radical change in Britain, when industrial miracles and artistic innovations rub shoulders with political unrest, poverty and disease. It's also a turbulent time in the private life of Charles Dickens, as he copes with a double bereavement and early signs that his marriage is falling apart. But this formative year will become perhaps the greatest turning point in Dickens's career, as he embraces his calling as a chronicler of ordinary people's lives, and develops a new form of writing that will reveal just how interconnected the world is becoming.

The Turning Point transports us into the foggy streets of Dickens's London, closely following the twists and turns of a year that would come to define him, and forever alter Britain's relationship with the world. Fully illustrated, and brimming with fascinating details about the larger-than-life man who wrote Bleak House, this is the closest look yet at one of the greatest literary personalities ever to have lived.
'A startling and exciting writer' A. S. BYATT, SPECTATOR

  • Published: 14 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787330702
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $49.99

About the author

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Magdalen College. His most recent book, Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist, won the Duff Cooper Prize.

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