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…
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.
Author links: Website
Small print for info
Source: Borrowed from Library
No of pages: 320
Publisher: Allison and Busby