The Turning Point

A Year that Changed Dickens and the World

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst author


Publisher:Vintage Publishing

Published:1st Sep '22


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The 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 life of Charles Dickens, as he copes with a double bereavement and early signs that his marriage is falling apart. But this year will become the turning point in Dickens's career, as he embraces his calling as a chronicler of ordinary people's lives.

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.

'Sparklingly informative' Guardian

'Wonderfully entertaining'

'It is hard to imagine a better book on Dickens'
New Statesman

This tremendous book dazzles and delights... it's full of discoveries. A glorious book; revealing and unravelling Charles Dickens before our very eyes, melding his life and his work, using scholarship, wit and passion - a triumph. * Miriam Margolyes *
This immersive biography, by the author of the Costa-shortlisted The Story of Alice, had me hooked...published in a sumptuous package, with illustrations throughout. * The Bookseller, Editor’s Choice *
Clever and witty, packed with fiercely academic research and erudite analysis, but written in featherlight, elegant prose. -- Natalie Haynes
The Turning Point...builds incrementally towards Bleak House...[and] makes for a very satisfying finale... Robert Douglas-Fairhurst has taken pains of his own and this wonderfully entertaining book is the result. -- Anthony Quinn * Observer *
Douglas-Fairhurst is a shrewd, amusing and original guide... [he] gives you fascinating facts... [and] a brisk and brilliant analysis of Bleak House. -- Laura Freeman * The Times *

ISBN: 9781784708337

Dimensions: 198mm x 129mm x 22mm

Weight: 293g

368 pages