What makes a writer?

Dickens’ parents were well off and educated and hailed from middle-class backgrounds, and in the beginning he enjoyed a good standard of living.  He too was well educated, well read and enjoyed music and acting.  He was an abrupt, excitable, impatient young man driven to succeed.   But he would always be distressed by the humiliation... Continue Reading →

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The Trouble with History

See, the trouble with history is that it is all done and in the past.  Its value today is immeasurable – all those lessons we should have learned, all those people whose thoughts and lives have left messages for us to try to comprehend, all those events that were indispensible to our very existence today,... Continue Reading →

Charles Dickens of the Westcountry

In 1839 the young Charles Dickens returned home from Manchester only to be greeted with the news that his parents were in big financial trouble again. His father John Dickens had four times been held in detention centre for debt. It was not for excesses, though they could have been – his father had lost... Continue Reading →

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