The Oxford's World Classics Reading Group is tackling Great Expectations as its third book. Go here to find out how to join in!And go here to read group leader and Dickens biographer Robert Douglas-Fairhurst's introduction to the novel, in which he writes: "It’s hard not to be fond of a novel that so perfectly reflects its author’s restless, rummaging imagination."
According to this page, Mike Newell is set to direct the upcoming miniseries version of A Tale of Two Cities. (Newell, you may recall, directed the 2012 feature film adaptation of Great Expectations with Jeremy Irvine and Helena Bonham Carter.) There's been no official announcement, but the page belongs to the agent of Alan Bleasdale, the screenwriter for the project, so I'm guessing it's probably accurate.
It's come to my attention that it's been quite some time (years, actually) since we did a one-word meme. The rules for these are simple: I give you a list of major characters from a Dickens novel; you commenters describe each character using only one word. Here's the first one we did, to give you an example.
So this time we're doing Great Expectations. Your list of characters is below. Go for it!
Pip: Estella: Miss Havisham: Joe: Magwitch: Herbert: Mr. Jaggers: Wemmick: Biddy: Mrs. Joe: Pumblechook: Orlick: Compeyson: Drummle:
The Dickens Museum has received a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund to buy the desk and chair where Dickens wrote his final three books, for permanent display at the museum. The Guardian,BBC News, and Fine Books & Collections have the story.