The BBC's new adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations rolled across our screens this Christmas, portraying the struggle of young Pip as he made his way in a turbulent Victorian world.' A story of the past' you say, ancient cultural history... but Pip's plight is apparently not so far from reality in 2012.
At the end of Dickens' Great Expectations poor, abused Estella, tells Pip, whose great expectations were themselves destroyed, that she has been 'bent and broken '. Since the collapse of Lehman's our economy has felt the clammy chill of that sentiment. But Estelle goes on to say: "... but - I hope - into better shape."