Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Happy birthday Mr Dickens!

Today is the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth. There will be events held all over the world this year to celebrate the bicentenary. You can find out more on the Dickens 2012 website. Closer to home, though, why not come in to Townhill Library and borrow one of his novels from us? It's a good excuse to re-visit an old favourite, or a chance to find out what all the fuss is about. Claire Tomalin was in the news last week suggesting that Dickens is too challenging for modern children, but that's not the case for us at Swansea Met! The author's depictions of injustice and the inequalities between rich and poor in society are still relevant today. And not just that, but he's a funny guy. Really! There's real comedy to be found amongst the tragedy and that's what makes a Dickens novel such a great read. Come in and try one.

We'd love you to share your favourite Dickens novel with us, so get in touch if you've got any recommendations for other readers. It's got to be Great Expectations for me. "What larks, Pip!"

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