Book Review: Mr Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva

What’s it about?

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. But when his latest book, Martin Chuzzlewit, is a flop, his publishers give him an ultimatum. Either he writes a Christmas book in a month or they will call in his debts and he could lose everything. Dickens has no choice but to grudgingly accept…






My thoughts

I’m not gonna lie I picked this book to read for the stunning cover…if you haven’t seen it in real life, you can not appreciate how lovely it is! Now I have the cover love out of the way onto my thoughts on the book.  If you love or even just like A Christmas Carol then there’s every chance you’ll enjoy this version of how it came to be and how it might have been something completely different.

As I was reading I kept thinking to myself I must investigate this and find out how much of the book is fact or fiction.  Fortunately the author’s note  at the end of the book confirming that this is a fictional version of events although Martin Chuzzlewit was considered a flop.  I kind of really liked the thought of Charles Dickens charging around Victorian London chasing his muse for his Christmas story.  I loved the setting and how the author portrays Dickensian England, all foggy and mysterious, just like a scene from one of his own novels!

I  did enjoy it but found it only held my interest when I had the book in my hand…I didn’t think about it at other times like I do with some books despite its Twist.  That being said this is a delightful tale though maybe not for die hard Dickens’ fans if they don’t approve of re-imaginings of their favourite authors lives and works.

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Author links: Website 

Small print for info
Source: Borrowed from Library
No of pages: 320
Publisher: Allison and Busby


  1. 12th January 2018 / 9:10 am

    Great review Lindsay! I really want to read this. X

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      13th January 2018 / 8:42 am

      Thanks Holly! Maybe put on next Christmas’s list 😉

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