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  • 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. A manuscript page of the novel, dense with crossings-out of emendations, is reproduced as evidence of Dickens's painstaking process of creation. 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

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