Dickens for Christmas


Oh no, I hear you cry, Dickens is for life, not just for Christmas!

As well as arguably being the most widely loved and admired author in the English-speaking world, Charles Dickens has become synonymous in many bookish households with cosy winter reading and, of course, Christmas time. We’ve become firm friends my mate Dickens and I over 2013, when I ensconced myself in both Hard Times and Great Expectationsso much so that now the author has invited himself around to Relish towers for a look at my new bookshelves…




Hee hee. This little chap; a brilliantly imaginative Christmas gift from my little brother, has been the source of much hilarity over the holidays. Doesn’t he look comfortable on the shelves? The Charles Dickens ‘little thinker’ doll comes courtesy of The Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild, a one stop gift shop for all you obscure, creative minds out there. I’d like to buy everything on there but will happily settle on my Dickens for now…

Charles DIckens (circa 1865) by Penn State Special Collections via Flickr

11 thoughts on “Dickens for Christmas

    1. You know I haven’t – little museums can be a bit hit and miss can’t they but, now you’ve mentioned, it will definitely be on my hit list next time I’m down (probably in lieu of whatever meeting/conference I’m supposed to be at!)


    1. Excellent! We can have our own little club. I’m desperate for the Frida Kahlo doll. I based my dissertation on her work and am just completely obsessed. I think that her and Charlie would get along nicely don’t you think?


      1. She was a pretty amazing artist. I think Frida and Charlie would be the best of friends! I quite fancy either the Shakespeare one or the Monet one. I prefer the work of Shakespeare but the Monet one has a beret! Oooh! lol


  1. Haha this is brilliant! Absolutely brilliant. 🙂 I too have come to love Dickens of late, something I never thought would happen with my memories of loathing Oliver Twist from the ghost of English classes past. (See what I did there? 😉 I’m sadly proud of that, ha!)


    1. AH hah! Love it 🙂 I have a bit of a Dickens fetish too (can you tell?) ….every excellent piece of English literature seems to have drawn something from his utterly brilliant body of work. Which book is next for you then do you think?


      1. I’m definitely leaning towards A Tale of Two Cities for my next Dickens read, everyone keeps recommending it to me! I hope I will like it as much as all these others blogger seem to. How about you? 🙂


      2. It’s supposed to be excellent Becky AND it’s the shortest to boot! Daddy Relish has recently read ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ and claims its the best Dickens he has read so far (and he’s a huge fan)…think it’ll be that one for me next!


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