The tenth child of Charles Dickens, Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens, known as Plorn, had consistently proved unable ‘to apply himself ‘ to school or life. So aged sixteen, he is sent, as his brother Alfred was before him, to Australia.
This is Tom Keneally in his most familiar terrain. Taking historical figures and events and reimagining them with verve, compassion and humour. It is a triumph.
The Dickens Boy
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