Paddington Library Reader’s Group decided to blow away the winter blues with some humour, and looked at The Wicked Wit of Charles Dickens, compiled by Shelley Klein. This is a collection of extracts from the author’s novels. They demonstrate Dickens’ amusing style of writing which runs through his novels and which he developed as a journalist.
The group then turned its attention to Hunted down: the detective stories of Charles Dickens, edited by Peter Haining. Dickens would accompany the officers of the emergent Metropolitan Police Force (formerly the Bow Street Runners) set up by Sir Robert Peel, Home Secretary in the 1850s. Dickens’ detective stories set a precedent for crime fiction writing in English Literature.
Members of the Paddington Libary Reading Group will be focusing more of their attention on Dickens’ life and works in the coming weeks when Westminster Libraries runs a number of Dickens related events and activities in honour of his 200th birthday. In the meantime, the next meeting on 16 March will focus on the theme of Spring.