A Tale of Two Cities: An Afternoon with Lucinda Dickens Hawksley

Saturday 13th July at 2pm (UK time). 

This is a hybrid event in which you can join us live onsite, or virtually. 

This event is free to attend, or you can choose to make a donation. 

Click here to book an onsite seat. 

Click here to book an online ticket. 

We ask that you arrive no later than 1.55pm. This is a high demand event, and so any seats not taken at 2pm will be offered to other guests. 

Entry to the historic house is not included with this ticket. 

All events are non-refundable. 

Should you have any difficulties or questions, please email the Events team on events@dickensmuseum.com.


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”


So began one of Dickens’s most famous novels, ‘A Tale of Two Cities.’ It is a story which has stood the test of time, having been consistently ranked as one of the greatest novels of all time. From the contrasting landscapes of London and Paris to the profound questions of justice and sacrifice, it was a story in which Dickens poured his sharp wit, his political frustration, as well as his vivid descriptive power.

Join Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, historian, author and 3x great granddaughter of Charles Dickens for an afternoon of immersion into this remarkable tale. Lucinda will read extracts from the tale as she leads a discussion into the wider themes of the story. How did Dickens’s travels around Europe come to shape the novel? What does the book say about Dickens’s own political hopes and fears? And how was Dickens’s private life influencing the tale?

You’ll have the opportunity to engage with the text on a deeper level, as we delve into the rich tapestry of characters, themes and historical context. Whether you are a long-time admirer of Dickens, or discovering his work for the first time, this event promises to be an enlightening and engaging experience.

Mark your calendars and prepare to step back into the tumultuous era of the French Revolution, guided by Lucinda Hawksley's expertise and passion for her illustrious ancestor's work.


Lucinda Dickens Hawksley is the author of 'Dickens and Travel,' among other publications, and is a historian, author and 3x great granddaughter of Charles and Catherine Dickens. 

13th July 2024 - An Afternoon with Dickens's 3x great granddaughter
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