Derwin Hope (Editor)  ·  Charles Dickens: My Life


UK (C'wealth) Little, Brown - Abacus
Finland Minerva


World Rights Eve White
Film Rights Eve White


Age Range Adult
Category Non-Fiction

Charles Dickens started writing his autobiography in the 1840s but shelved it, finding it too painful to relive his childhood.

With the full support of the Dickens estate, researcher Derwin Hope has spent ten years scouring private collections, archives and museums, compiling and editing the writer’s letters, speeches and articles to present this extraordinary life story.

It is a brilliantly creative feat of editing, exclusively using Dickens’s own words, and told entirely in the first person.

It contains a riveting account of being a child factory worker, visiting the rest of his family in prison, travels to America, his protests against slavery, his rigorous writing schedule, his affair with Nelly, his marital breakdown, first-hand accounts of many of the scenes that provided the inspiration for his novels and the many conflicts that made up his life.

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