As a young kid reading Dickens for the first time I was mesmerised by this journey into the underworld of Victorian London. I would go on my own imaginary adventures with the Artful Dodger and his gang of thieving street urchins. Years later, when writing my own book about modern street gang members I had the same sense of going on a thrilling journey of discovery and escapades.From Tim's list onhow street gangs develop and why they fall apart.
'A brilliant reimagining of Oliver Twist! The prologue hooked me immediately. Langdon deftly plunges the reader into Dickens's world of loveable orphans fighting to survive on the darker streets of London. Their plight is set in stark contrast to the sumptuous backdrop of Victorian England's high society. Olivia Twist deals with treachery in both worlds and proves a spirited heroine worthy of admiration, while Dodger is the perfect bad boy hero. Sigh, I've fallen in love.''Captivating from the very first page to the very last! Olivia Twist is an enchanting story, brimming with eclectic characters, intrigue, and a romance that is certain to leave you weak at the knees. Not to be missed!''When I learned Lorie Langdon made a foray into historical romance, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. And she didn't disappoint. Langdon expertly balances historical detailing and plot, the voice sparkles, and the characters were so endearing, I couldn't wait to escape into this book each night. Lively and transportive, Olivia Twist is a romantic and clever take on a classic that will leave readers yearning for more from this author.''Delectable romance, spine-tingling danger, and an indomitable female lead make Lorie Langdon's Olivia Twist an addictively exquisite romp. One that kept me up far past midnight!'Olivia Twist was born an orphan. At the doctor's behest, she was raised as a boy and lived her life on the street disguised as such under the tutelage of Jack, the Artful Dodger, who was none the wiser of his mate Ollie's true identity. Now, at 18 years old, Olivia Brownlow has taken the name of her adoptive uncle, whom she met in a heist gone awry. Leaving her past behind, except for a gang of street-dwelling orphans whom she aids, Olivia takes a spot in London's high society and is on the brink of engagement to the rich bachelor Max Grimwig. However, when she meets Jack MacCarron, who is none other than her childhood mentor--the Artful Dodger--with his own new name and benefactor, Olivia's plan to marry well is derailed and their shared past proves irresistible to both of them. Yet when Olivia's orphans are threatened by a turf war with the nefarious Monks, she feels cornered into the only means available to save them. With many twists and turns, some less-than-plausible and many slightly too-tidy, Langdon of 'Doon' series fame serves up a delightful, action-packed historical tale. Perhaps most enjoyable for those familiar with Oliver Twist in its original literature and Broadway musical forms, this title is nonetheless a compelling, gender-flipped romp through Dickensian London. VERDICT An additional purchase where historical fiction or romance are popular.--Brittany Drehobl, Morton Grove Public Library, IL(School Library Journal)Langdon has crafted a charming reimaging of the classic story Oliver Twist. There is a perfect balance between historical details, solid pacing and strong character voices. Readers may find this book to be a bit more hopeful than the original story by Charles Dickens, but the plight of the poor in London in the 1800s is still apparent. It is easy to root for the characters, particularly the intelligent and kick-butt heroine, Olivia. If you are looking for a historical tale full of adventure, twists and a bit of romance, this is one to check out.Vivacious and lovely, 18-year-old Olivia Brownlow is a highly eligible young woman in London's 1859 society. Before her long-lost uncle took her in, she grew up disguised as a boy named Oliver, who became a street rat in a gang run by the Artful Dodger. Olivia can't forget her origins, and while snooping around during a formal dinner, she comes upon another sneak--the eye-catching gentleman named Jack MacCarron, who was also about to lift jewels from their owners. Olivia recognizes Jack as the Artful Dodger but keeps her identity from him. Though it's love at first sight, the two wrestle with their unsuitable affection and unsavory pasts. Toss in Olivia's impending engagement to a friend for whom she feels only platonic love, and a powder keg of a romantic triangle develops. The story's breathlessly paced, quick-witted adventures offer more twists than a Shakespearean comedy of errors, as assumptions, secrets, etiquette, competition, and sexual tension create one ridiculous situation after another. Written in language tailored to the setting, the occasional modern turns of phrases feel as if one's corset briefly has been relaxed. This clever retelling of Dickens' Oliver Twist is perfect for readers who love romance, adventure, historical settings, and heroines who can kick butt in formal gowns. -- Jeanne Fredriksen (STARED REVIEW)
Production notes: This ebook of Oliver Twist was published by Global Grey on the 28th March 2021, and updated on the 5th October 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Portrait of a boy with a cap' by Albert Anker.
Hello! I found a first edition 1934 hardcover Charles Dickens called The Year of Our Lord at an estate sale for $1.50. I was shocked it still has a decent book jacket on it. Wondering if anyone could give a ballpark on value?? Thanks!!
I have an old book of oliver twist charles dickens edition. Red leather cover. On front of leather cover charles dickens signature in gold and EDITION underneath. 1st page has his signature in what looks like pen and EDITION printed underneath. Its called the adventures of oliver twist with 8 illustrations it was giben to a george d mackay on 1st nov 1870 book by chapman and hall printed by virtue and co. Last line of preface mentions jacobs island continues to exist in 1867, though improved and much changed.
Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me about a set of dickens books that I have. published by A.L. Burt New York. from 1909 to around 1912 I believe. blue binding, small scroll work on the top and bottom of the spine. I have 14 right now I was just wondering if there were more to this set. I think I am missing david copperfield. Just trying to find any information about this set that I can as I know nothing about it. Can send a picture if you have an address for me to send it to. thank you for your timeRyan
Hi.I have a blue hardcover copy with Charles dickens embossed signature on the front cover. On the spine it says oliver twist great expectations dickens in gold. in the middle it has the editors note that says. This edition is printed from the one carefully corrected by the author in1877 1868
hi. My dad is a coin and jewelry shop owner and occasionally gets collectibles coming in. He currently has 4 green hardback cloth dickens books printed by the mershon company (no date). the titles of the book are: Christmas stories and reprinted pieces, dombey and son, the curiosity shop and hard times, the personal history.any help would be greatly appreciated
The Works of Charles Dickens Illustrated by Darley & Gilbert Great Expectations I & II. It is a green hard cover book with gold writing, BOZ is in a circle on the front cover along with C.D. It is a household Edition and published in NY by James G. Gregory 46 Walker Street 1861 (both books in excellent condition)
Hi. I have 3 vols of great expectations 1861 .Which vol 2 have 3rd edition printed on title page and other vols have nothing.. they are in the violet blue cloth . Pages are all in a very.good condition. Covers are faded. And.one cover haf been split from the book. Also label.of the librarian is on cover. . Can you tell me what they worth please?. Thanks.
i have a famous fiction libray volume 1 great expectations book with 180 pages n.y.b.c. 1909. by charles dickens . There is no copywrite date no publisher name no editor name,and i can not find it anywhere. but i see a volume 2 same book but has 360 pages.i need to know
I have a set of 16 books I think a full set red covers and spine with gilt tooling in spine I get the feeling they could be as late as 1960 Hazell Watson and Viney London illustrations by Marcus stone nice condition any value am I right a out their age being modern? Thanks
HelloI have recently acquired 13 volumes of Charles Dickens books.They are hard cover bound in green with gold letters.On the spine it says The works of Charles dickens Household edition.illustrated by Darley and Gilbert.on the outside cover it has a gold circle with CD IN IT AND BOZ FADED BEHIND THAT.INSIDE COVER readsnew yorkjames g gregory publisher46 walker st1861
I found a box of charles dickens.Great expectations and othersthat are bound loosly with no date and are not cut fully to be able to be read.i believe that they were printed and pasted and were never read.Like the bottom is uneven and roughHard cover but really old with i believe leather red cover6x 8 inches.What fid i Find?RICK 2b1af7f3a8