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  • Dickens was one of the greatest writers of English...unforgettable characters. I was lying in hospital one time and I thought I'd never laugh again but this book changed that

    Simon Callow
  • My father, who left school at 15, was a Dickens enthusiast, and encouraged me to read his books when I was a boy. My favourite was The Pickwick Papers and every Christmas Eve, for several years, I used to reread the chapters about Christmas at Dingley Dell as a ritualistic preparation for the eagerly awaited holiday

    David Lodge, Guardian
  • Dickens writes as though he were talking to us after dinner, in turns funny, bitter, eloquent, and sad

    John Mortimer, Daily Mail
  • If I must choose only one Dickens then it's his first novel. It's wonderfully funny, kind and good-natured - just like dear Mr Pickwick himself

    Edwina Currie
  • I was instantly swept up in Dickens' exploding world of eccentrics and grotesques, at the heart of which a hige affection for mankind

    Simon Callow, Good Housekeeping

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