One of the best-loved of English authors, Charles Dickens is revered as a storyteller, social campaigner and chronicler of his time and place. This book tracks the places Dickens lived, from his Portsmouth birthplace and childhood home in Chatham to his last home back in Kent, at Gad's Hill Place in Rochester.
The book also covers his travels in England and abroad, where the locations provided the settings in his novels, such as Nicholas Nickleby's Yorkshire and in the East Anglia of David Copperfield, Charles Dickens's most autobiographical novel. Above all, it is London, where he lived in different homes for the majority of his life, which is so identified with Dickens and with his fiction.
One thing that characterised his attitude to all his homes in adult life was his deep involvement in domestic arrangements, despite the frantic pace of his intensive work schedule. It was this close attention to detail, as well as his acute observation of his surroundings, that distinguished his novels, both in their portrayal of home life and in their sense of place.
An invaluable resource to anyone who has an interest in the settings of Dickens' work, Hilary Macaskill weaves a narrative which places this great writer in his domestic context, gloriously illustrated with archive material and original photography.
Hilary Macaskill is a journalist and travel writer. She lives in London.
'Charles Dickens at Home' takes the reader to the many and varied places where Dickens lived and visited. Our journey is enriched not only with insightful and painstakingly researched words, but also through a wealth of authentic illustrations and recent original photographs... In the tradition of this great weaver of tales, Ms. Macaskill's eminently readable volume will delight booklovers everywhere as they are transported into the world of Charles Dickens at Home the place that shaped his sensibilities and in which he created his classic novels.
Hilary Macaskill is an indefatiguable sleuth.
A lavishly illustrated piece of heritage book-making that describes the various places Dickens lived and visited.
As if Charles Dickens wasn't already magnificent enough, it turns out he was a dab hand at home deco.