The Dickens Boy

The Dickens Boy

1st paperback ed

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Synopsis

By the Booker-winning author of Schindler's Ark, a vibrant novel about Charles Dickens' son and his little-known adventures in the Australian Outback.

In 1868, Charles Dickens dispatches his youngest child, sixteen-year-old Edward, to Australia.

Posted to a remote sheep station in New South Wales, Edward discovers that his father's fame has reached even there, as has the gossip about his father's scandalous liaison with an actress. Amid colonists, ex-convicts, local tribespeople and a handful of eligible young women, Edward strives to be his own man - and keep secret the fact that he's read none of his father's novels.

Conjuring up a life of sheep-droving, horse-racing and cricket tournaments in a community riven with tensions and prejudice, the story of Edward's adventures also affords an intimate portrait of Dickens' himself.

This vivacious novel is classic Keneally: historical figures and events re-imagined with verve, humour and compassion.

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Book information

ISBN: 9781529345100
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Imprint: Sceptre
Pub date:
Edition: 1st paperback ed
DEWEY: 823.914
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 12486
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 276g
Height: 128mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 31mm