Celebrate Dickens’ 200th birthday with Macmillan Readers!

February 7th 2012 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens.
So, how many Dickens novels have you read? Why not make this the year you challenge yourself to read one… two… three… even all of them!
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Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens, retold by Margaret Tarner

A retelling of Dickens’ famous novel about the trials and tribulations of the poor young orphan boy, Oliver. Follow his journey from the appalling conditions of a nineteenth-century workhouse to London.

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Reviews:

Oliver Twist – reviewed by Mingrone Gonzalo

Oliver Twist – reviewed by Mariano De Luca

Oliver Twist – reviewed by Marina Gauto

Oliver Twist – reviewed by Martina Masters

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Great Expectations
Charles Dickens, retold by Florence Bell


One bleak and windy evening, 8-year-old Pip meets an escaped convict on the marshes. Shortly afterwards, he is summoned to Satis House, the derelict, gloomy home of the strange, reclusive Miss Havisham. Here, Pip meets and falls in love with the beautiful, cold-hearted Estella but can they ever be together?

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Great Expectations – reviewed by Stanislava Dobreva

Great Expectations – reviewed by Cindy Sajnin

Great Expectations – reviewed by Tiffany Cairati

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Bleak House
Charles Dickens, retold by Margaret Tarner

A simplified version of a great British classic.

It is 1852 and three young people meet for the first time in the High Court of Chancery. They are the latest victims to be caught in the long-running court case of Jarndyce vs Jarndyce. A case which has caused the financial and moral breakdown of many previous claimants.

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David Copperfield
Charles Dickens, retold by Elizabeth Walker

When David Copperfield’s father dies, his mother is forced to marry Edward Murdstone, a cruel and domineering man. David’s early life is one of poverty and hardship. Finally the young boy runs away to Dover and takes refuge with a lost aunt. David goes on to make many friends and finds great success, but he must endure much suffering and loss along the way.

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A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens, retold by Stephen Colbourn

A romantic tragedy set against the background of the French Revolution. The story has been the source of a number of film adaptations.

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The Signalman and The Ghost at the Trial
Charles Dickens, retold by F H Cornish

Charles Dickens often thrilled audiences by reading aloud these tales of the supernatural.

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Our Mutual Friend
Charles Dickens, retold by Margaret Tarner

Dickens’ sinister story of murder and intrigue set in London in the 1860s

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A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens, retold by F H Cornish

A retelling of Dickens’ famous story of the transformation of the cold-hearted miser, Ebenezer Scrooge.

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