• The Mystery of Charles Dickens

  • By: Peter Ackroyd
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Radio/TV Programme
  • Release date: 05-04-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (22 ratings)

Summary

In this BBC Radio adaptation of Peter Ackroyd's spectacular one-man show, Simon Callow portrays both Charles Dickens and many of his best-loved characters, from Mr. Micawber and Bill Sikes to Oliver Twist and Nancy. Readings from his novels interweave with the author's own words and an incisive, compassionate narrative. Dickens' idyllic childhood in Chatham was swapped for his family's penurious existence in London. With his father imprisoned for debt, young Charles was deprived of an education and forced to work in a blacking factory. Such experiences molded him into the fiercely industrious, ambitious writer who would later claim that his characters talked to and touched him. Full of fascinating insight, the play illustrates how Dickens never quite managed to escape the dark shadows cast by his earlier life. Featuring material not included in the radio broadcast, this production is prefaced with an introduction by Callow himself.
©2012 Peter Ackroyd (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 31-01-18

Charles Dickens

I absolutely loved it from start to finish. The story was amazing and Simon Callow is a genius

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By michael on 05-02-17

Utterly mesmerising...

Who else could do justice to the best English novelist of all time, but Simon Callow. He brings the magic of Dickens' to life. For any lover of the great man's work, characters and performances, this is truly fan-tastic.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Puppy Cat on 08-07-17

Another "WOW!" book!

Another very interesting and informative book about one of the most famous writers of all time! Loved it. AND, of course, I love to listen Simon Callow. He is Dickens personified!

Highly recommend!

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