A major new biography of Charles Dickens, tracing the year that would transform his life and times
*BY THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF BECOMING DICKENS AND THE STORY OF ALICE*
'It is hard to imagine a better book on Dickens' NEW STATESMAN
year is 1851. It's a time of radical change in Britain, when industrial
miracles and artistic innovations rub shoulders with political unrest,
poverty and disease. It's also a turbulent time in the private life of
Charles Dickens, as he copes with a double bereavement and early signs
that his marriage is falling apart. But this formative year will become
perhaps the greatest turning point in Dickens's career, as he embraces
his calling as a chronicler of ordinary people's lives, and develops a
new form of writing that will reveal just how interconnected the world
The Turning Point transports us into the
foggy streets of Dickens's London, closely following the twists and
turns of a year that would come to define him, and forever alter
Britain's relationship with the world. Fully illustrated, and brimming
with fascinating details about the larger-than-life man who wrote Bleak House, this is the closest look yet at one of the greatest literary personalities ever to have lived.
'A startling and exciting writer' A. S. BYATT, SPECTATOR
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