Next time someone tells you Dickens is too intimidating or too tough to read, you might point out that A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations are both quicker reads than the bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire. At least, according to this.
A feature in the Starabout the homes of famous London authors has a nice little section on the Dickens Museum, with good photos of some of the memorabilia there: Dickens's chair, and a locket with his picture on it.
BookRiot has a quiz asking you to guess the Dickens title from the illustration. (They also give you quotes to help out.) I got 9 out of 10. See how well you do! There are no buttons to click, so you'll have to keep track on paper or in your head.
Katharine and Ryan Taylor, who named their new daughter Ada Clare! (Katharine is a Facebook/LiveJournal friend of mine.) Both Ada and Clare are family names, and Katharine says, "It didn't hit me until after we'd already settled on the name that Ada Clare (even spelled the same way) is the name of Jarndyce's beautiful and virtuous ward in Bleak House. But that's a fine literary association to have."
Congratulations and blessings to them! And thank heaven Tattycoram wasn't a family name. ;-)
Congratulations to Dickensblog reader Sean Phillips on the release of his new novel Quigsnip: The Untold Tale of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist! Described by the author as a "Dickens pastiche," the novel is available here in paperback, and should be available soon for Kindle as well. Anyone who'd like a review copy, please comment below, and I'll put you in touch with Sean. You're welcome to review the novel on your own website or blog, or to submit a review to me for publication here.
Simonetta Falchi, an Italian researcher in English literature, is taking a survey on Little Dorrit fanfiction and has asked me to pass the word along to Dickensblog's readers. You can go here to take it! Let me know if you have any trouble with it.
The Hollywood Reporterstates that BBC4 has a new Tale of Two Cities in the works! It's being written by Alan Bleasdale, who did the 1999 Oliver Twist miniseries, and produced by the company that made Parade's End. Netflix is in talks to co-produce.