His Honour Derwin Hope is a retired lawyer. He qualified as a Barrister and was called to the bar by the Middle Temple, and practised mainly in London and on the Western Circuit. He went on to become a full-time Judge for 12 years.
Derwin has spent more than a decade studying the personal life story of Charles Dickens. Using the same methods that Dickens himself used in the writing of his travels in America and Italy, Derwin has edited and produced, for the first time, the full life story of Charles Dickens in his own words.