‘This is a small, delightful book, handsomely produced and shaped to fit an overcoat pocket, describing parts of London associated with Dickens’s life and writings.’
The Literary Review
‘Gives us a splendidly clear and illuminating view, not only of the streets and architecture, but of the sounds, smells, and intense human activity that both Dickens and Clark enjoy about London.’
‘A rich and wondrously informative book’
Few novelists have written so intimately about a city as Charles Dickens has about London. A near-photographic memory made his contact with the city indelible from a very young age, and it remained his constant focus. From the coaching inns of his early youth to the taverns and watermen of the Thames, London provided a constant cityscape for his life and work.
Peter Clark illuminates scenes from Dickens’s life, journalism and fiction both through a series of inner city walks and descriptions of London’s first ‘suburbs.’
PETER CLARK is a writer, translator, and consultant who was Director of the British Council in Syria (1992–1997). He has written books on Marmaduke Pickthall and Wilfred Thesiger, and has translated fiction and non-fiction from Arabic.
Also by this author, Churchill’s Britain and Dickens: London into Kent.