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The Boy Who Invented Christmas The Story of Charles Dickens by Andrew Billen
  

The Boy Who Invented Christmas The Story of Charles Dickens

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The Boy Who Invented Christmas The Story of Charles Dickens by Andrew Billen

Like all children the young Charles Dickens loved Christmas, and his parents made sure it was extra special - with dances, games, laughter and plum pudding. But when he was ten, his life changed dramatically - his father was thrown into the debtor's prison and Charles' magical childhood came to an abrupt end. In The Boy Who Invented Christmas, Andrew Billen tells the story of how Dickens became England's most famous writer - and chased the dream of a perfect Christmas all his life. He never forgot his days among the poor and abandoned, and as he rose to fame, he believed more and more in the importance of doing good to others. This became Dickens's Christmas message - and the inspiration for his book, A Christmas Carol, one of the most enduring stories ever told.

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Billen's warmth and his deep admiration for his subject are infectious and make this a treat to slip into any child's Christmas stocking The Times


About the Author

Andrew Billen is a feature writer on, and currently television critic of, The Times. He has worked on The Observer, the Standard and the New Statesman. His previous books include Sam Johnson, The Wonderful Word Doctor also for Short Books. He lives in Oxford, with his wife and young daughter.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st October 2009

Author

Andrew Billen

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Publisher

Short Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
112 pages

Categories

People & places (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781906021825

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