The Dickens Boy: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Keneally, Thomas
Subject:  FICTION / Action & Adventure
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Historical
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: November 2021
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 1.02in
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$ 37.00
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From The Publisher*The award-winning author of modern classics such as Schindler's List and the "complex and mesmerizing" (The Christian Science Monitor) Napoleon's Last Island is at his triumphant best with this vibrant and engaging novel about the adventures of Charles Dickens's son in the Australian Outback during the 1860s.

Edward Dickens, the tenth child of England's most famous author Charles Dickens, has consistently let down his parents. Unable to apply himself at school and adrift in life, the teenaged boy is sent to Australia in the hopes that he can make something of himself-or at least fail out of the public eye. He soon finds himself in the remote Outback, surrounded by Aboriginals, colonials, ex-convicts, ex-soldiers, and very few women.

Even on the other side of the world, Edward encounters the same rabid veneration of his father that exists in England. But Edward has a secret: he has never read a single word of his father's beloved writing. Determined to prove to his parents and more importantly, himself, that he can succeed in this vast and unfamiliar wilderness, Edward works hard at his new life amidst various livestock, bushrangers, shifty stock agents, and frontier battles.

By reimagining the tale of a fascinating yet little-known figure in history, this rollicking, high-spirited tale offers penetrating insights into Colonialism and the fate of Australia's indigenous people, and a wonderfully intimate portrait of Charles Dickens, as seen through the eye of his exiled son.
Review Quote*"An engrossing and transporting read." -Financial Times
Review Quote*"[An] absorbing novel…Plorn himself is a joy" -The Times
Review Quote*"Keneally has brought off a notable double: a delightful and continuously interesting portrayal of mid-19th century life in the rolling sheep pastures of New South Wales and an acute and persuasive examination of the mystery that Charles Dickens still presents, and of the enduring fascination he exerts over us today." -Scotsman
Review Quote*"The Dickens Boy…is energetic, even exuberant. It is in love with the abundance of life it negotiates." -The Sydney Morning Herald
Review Quote*"An ingenious, hilarious novel…Keneally does what he does so well: he plucks people from the pages of history and gives them emotional lives" -The Australian
Review Quote*"A dashing, crisply written book." -Saturday Paper
Review Quote*"Keneally is a master at weaving historical figures and events into compelling works of fiction and so he does with his new book." -Brisbane News
Review Quote*"Rewarding terrain for a much-loved novelist." -Gleaner
Review Quote*"[A] genial, wry recreation of [Edward Dickens'] time in remote New South Wales." -Daily Mail