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  • He's a marvellous writer... He's very, very good

    William Trevor
  • A story of the traumas of sex and class. My favourite moment is the one where Magwitch makes his stumbling way up the shadowy staircase towards an unnerved but unsuspecting Pip: the halting but inexorable rise of the repressed 'from the darkness beneath'

    Sarah Waters
  • This was the author's last great work, the defects in it are as nearly imperceptible as spots on the sun or shadows on a sunlit sea

    Algernon Charles Swinburne
  • 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... I love the tradition of Dickens, where even the most minor walk-on characters are twitching and particular and alive

    Donna Tartt
  • There is no one Dickens novel I could pick over all the others. Dickens is huge-like the sky. Pick any page of Dickens and it's immediately recognizable as him, yet he might be doing social satire, or farce, or horror, or a psychological study of a murderer-or any combination of these

    Susannah Clarke

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