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The Dickens Boy

The Dickens Boy (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Keneally, Tom

In this joyful novel, our narrator is Charles Dickens's tenth child, Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens, known as Plorn. Sent, as his brother Alfred had been before him, at sixteen years of age, to Australia to learn to 'apply himself', we follow his early Australian adventures in outb...ack NSW learning to become a man from the most diverse and toughest of men. Part of Dickens' motivation was to separate these younger of his children from the Dickens family schism, where Charles had expelled his wife from the family home, keeping her sister Georgie there to run the household and taking up with the actress Ellen Tiernan. Plorn arrived in Melbourne in late 1868 carrying a terrible secret. He has never read a word of his father's work. After a very brief stopover he is sent out to become a gentleman stockman on a 2000 square mile station in remotest, semi-arid parts of NSW. Here he inevitably gets enmeshed in a tribe named the Paakintji and various other folk, colonists, colonial-born, ex-convicts, ex-soldiers, and very few women - though he is struck by each one he does encounter. Plorn did not expect he would encounter the same veneration of his father and familiarity with his work in Australia that was rampant in England. Against this backdrop, and featuring cricket tournaments, horse-racing, bushranging, sheep droving, shifty stock and station agents, frontier wars and first encounters with Australian women we follow Plorn, and sometimes his brother Alfred, through wonderful adventures as he works to apply himself. This is Tom Keneally in his most familiar terrain. Taking historical figures and events and reimagining them with verve, compassion and humour. It is a romp.
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ISBN 9781760893194
Published NZ 31 Mar 2020
Publisher Penguin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781760893194
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Random House Australia
Published 31 Mar 2020
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 5 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Keneally, Tom
Category General & Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Classic Fiction
Agriculture & Farming
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 233mm
Spine: 31mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 494g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade