Charles Dickens' Statue in Portsmouth - An Awkward Pose

The London Magazine | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
The London Magazine

I arrived just after the official unveiling of the great novelist last Friday. A flutter of local dignitaries lingered around him. Sun shone on their municipal chains of office. They wore the meek smiles of people who do not know quite what to think. Dickens, the great satirist, would have loved and mocked these awkward burghers in equal measure.

When Dickens Met Dostoevsky: A Very Literary Hoax

Toby Lichtig | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Toby Lichtig

There is a long and colourful history of literary hoaxes, from the fourth-century Latin document that allegedly ceded rights of the Roman Emperor to Pope Sylvester I to the infamous Alan Sokal Affair, in which a New York physics professor published an essay in Social Text, which "proved" that quantum gravity was nothing but a social construct.

What the Dickens Are We Doing to Our Children?

Lauren Davidson | Posted 14.01.2013 | Home
Lauren Davidson

Perhaps, as the bicentennial year draws to a close and we move into Dickens' third century, there is something else the Victorian author can teach us - and that is not to teach him to our children.

The Art of Wandering: The Writer as Walker by Merlin Coverley (REVIEW)

Declan Tan | Posted 07.10.2012 | Home
Declan Tan

Coverley has thus far made an intriguing career from his brand of esoteric primers, on interconnected subjects ranging from Psychogeography to Occult London, and with his latest, The Art of Wandering: The Writer as Walker, he re-introduces readers to a seemingly ancient tradition. Serving as a brief history of this storied connection between great, even classic, literature and the epic bouts of pedestrianism which bore them, Coverley inspires in his readers - who it must be presumed are largely made up of either walkers or writers (or both) - a peculiar kind of brotherhood.

As Summer Finally Shows Up

Jamie Andrews | Posted 29.09.2012 | Home
Jamie Andrews

Summer finally shows up, London blazes under cloudless skies, and so what better time to evoke the enveloping embrace of that classic 'pea souper', the London fog?

You Can Tell the Olympics Are Coming

Jamie Andrews | Posted 15.09.2012 | Home
Jamie Andrews

At the British Library, we were aware that summer 2012 demanded something special for our major exhibition programme. From the manuscript of Beowulf, to the notebooks of J. G. Ballard, the Library has the finest collection of English Literature in the world, and the opportunity to open up this literary treasure-house to visitors in 2012 seemed irresistible.

What The Dickens!? Literary Twitter Fakes

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 22.02.2012 | Home

We might be used to reading their heavy prose or lengthy poetry, but now everyone from Shakespeare to De Beauvoir are having their thoughts squeezed i...

There Are Shadows Of Dickens's World In Ours, Says Gibb Over Literacy Problems

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Despite two centuries of change, many disadvantaged children are still facing the same literacy problems experienced in Victorian times, claims the sc...

The Best Of Jokes, The Worst Of Jokes: Funniest Charles Dickens Tweets

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Comedy

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." - Charles Dickens, reviewing The Times. Yes, just in case you've been living under a rock, o...

Bread, Circuses and Stephen Hester

Lorna Fitzsimons | Posted 03.04.2012 | UK Politics
Lorna Fitzsimons

I shed no tears for Stephen Hester, the chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland. But Hester's public humiliation - and, though the two individuals are very different, also that of Sir-no-more Fred Goodwin - was nothing but a modern-day version of the Roman games.

Tonight's TV Pick: Edwin Drood

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Dean | Posted 10.01.2012 | UK Entertainment

The Mystery of Edwin Drood - 9pm, BBC2 Continuing the national obsession with all things Dickensian at the moment - coinciding with the 200th anniv...

So Mr Dickens - Where is My Mind?

Amy Dawson | Posted 09.03.2012 | Home
Amy Dawson

Charles Dickens is seriously bothering me at the moment. Not, you understand, because the demonstrably dead genius has decided to mark the bicentenary of his birth by coming to twirl his ghostly moustaches at me in the middle of the night.

Great Expectations - the Sleeper Hit of Christmas TV

Emma Jones | Posted 29.02.2012 | UK Entertainment
Emma Jones

I haven't felt such compulsion to be in front of a telly for a period drama since the 1990s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Colin Firth's Mr Darcy got his frilly shirt wet.

A Christmas Carol in My Life

Whitley Strieber | Posted 11.02.2012 | Home
Whitley Strieber

Dickens had returned to my life, and on the wings of his words, my son's understanding of Christmas was profoundly enriched. The season became a celebration again.

Bad Sex and Empty Gestures: Part one

Walter Ellis | Posted 20.11.2011 | UK Comedy
Walter Ellis

I am working on a new novel, set in France, and have realised, not for the first time, how difficult it is to convey everyday gestures and physical expressions in print without appearing ridiculous.