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In this extract, we hear Dickens’s eldest daughter Mary, affectionately known as Mamie, sharing her memories of Dickens’s studies from several family homes.
In this extract we hear Dickens’s eldest daughter, Mamie, recall her memories of watching Dickens at work in his study channelling his characters.
In this excerpt from 'The Old Curiosity Shop', Dick Swiveller observes the Brasses’s badly treated young servant girl having a meagre meal.
Listen to this extract to hear Catherine describing their family holiday to her good friend Mrs Felton.
In this excerpt from Dickens’s first novel, The Pickwick Papers, the popular character Sam Weller shares a meal in the servants’ quarters.
In this excerpt from a letter to his mother-in-law, we hear Dickens reflect on the death of Mary Hogarth and the impact that it had on him.
Hear in Dickens’s own words, his recollection of the loneliness and hardship of working as a child.
Hear in this audio track the earliest known letter by Dickens written as a 13-year-old schoolboy in 1825.
In this audio excerpt, hear Dickens’s beautifully atmospheric depiction of a gin palace from Sketches by Boz.
In this excerpt, Dickens describes a visit to the newly founded Hospital for Sick Children in Great Ormond Street.
In this excerpt from Little Dorrit, Dickens describes a mews in evocative detail.
Following his first visit to America, Dickens published American 'Notes'. Hear in this excerpt his observations on prisons and solitary confinement.
Hear Dickens describe in this excerpt from Bleak House the poverty and hardship faced by Jo the crossing sweeper.