Dickens's first historical novel is a thrilling tale of murder, treachery and forbidden love with rioting mob scenes to make your hair stand on end.
Barnaby Rudge is a young innocent simpleton who is devoted to his talkative raven, Grip. When he gets caught up in the mayhem of the Gordon riots and a mysterious unsolved murder, his life is put in jeopardy. Barnaby Rudge is a powerful historical tale of treachery, forbidden love, abduction and the dangerous power of the mob.
About the Author
CHARLES DICKENS was born in Landport in Portsmouth on February 7, 1812. Sent to work in a blacking factory at the age of twelve, after his Navy Pay Office clerk father was imprisoned for debt, Dickens's memories of this unhappy period haunted him throughout his life and influenced much of his writing. After stints as a clerk and a shorthand reporter in the law courts, Dickens became a reporter of parliamentary debates for the Morning Chronicle until the huge success of his first books enabled him to become a full-time author. Charles Dickens died on June 9, 1870, leaving his last novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood unfinished.
Praise for Barnaby Rudge…
"One of Dickens's most neglected, but most rewarding, novels."
"I would always prefer to go get another Dickens off the shelf than pick up a new book by someone I've not read yet." --Donna Tartt
"Nothing seems more quintessentially British than Charles Dickens."
"Charles Dickens is one of the giants of English literature."