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The Dickens Boy

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781529345100

Price: £8.99

ON SALE: 29th April 2021

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Historical Fiction

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By the Booker-winning author of Schindler’s Ark, a vibrant novel about Charles Dickens’ son and his little-known adventures in the Australian Outback.

In 1868, Charles Dickens dispatches his youngest child, sixteen-year-old Edward, to Australia.

Posted to a remote sheep station in New South Wales, Edward discovers that his father’s fame has reached even there, as has the gossip about his father’s scandalous liaison with an actress. Amid colonists, ex-convicts, local tribespeople and a handful of eligible young women, Edward strives to be his own man – and keep secret the fact that he’s read none of his father’s novels.

Conjuring up a life of sheep-droving, horse-racing and cricket tournaments in a community riven with tensions and prejudice, the story of Edward’s adventures also affords an intimate portrait of Dickens’ himself.

This vivacious novel is classic Keneally: historical figures and events re-imagined with verve, humour and compassion.

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