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Laughter and Good Humour are Contagious – Charles Dickens QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · 8 Comments

The novel combines freedom with intimacy says JANE SMILEY Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

To me as a reader, this greatest thing about the novel…is that it gives access to the mind of the writer. Our Mutual Friend is a perfect example of this: … Continue reading

December 6, 2015 · 3 Comments

Do you know where Dickens got the character Scrooge from? It was a bit of mistake actually…

It is clear from any Dickens’ novel that the great man enjoyed names. His friend and biographer, John Forster, said that Dickens made “characters real existences, not by describing them … Continue reading

December 30, 2014 · 22 Comments

Quotes about Christmas — Charles Dickens

‘I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all … Continue reading

December 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

Did You Know that Dickens’ first novel was meant to be a comic?

Pickwick Papers was commissioned as a text to accompany the illustrations not the other way around. Dickens was 24 with only a volume of sketches about London to his credit. … Continue reading

October 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Do you know who first used the word boredom and when?

No, it wasn’t a teenager. It was a 40 year old Portsmouth man in the year King’s Cross station opened. I’ll stop teasing…the first recorded use of the word boredom … Continue reading

August 3, 2013 · 2 Comments

A is for ALL IN A DAY

We tend to think of a novel having a big landscape with a great sweep of characters and the story told over weeks, years, even centuries. But some writers have … Continue reading

April 1, 2013 · 19 Comments