Think you know everything there is to know about Charles Dickens? Professor John Mullan is back with his new book The Artful Dickens to show us Dickens and his work in a completely new light, exploring the famous author’s often overlooked experimental and ground-breaking techniques. John came on the show to talk everything Dickens, from the original serialisation of his novels (which gets Simon very excited) to his surviving manuscripts and why he was often dismissed in his time.

Whether you’re a fan of Dickens or not, this episode (and John’s book!) will make you think again about one of Britain’s best-loved authors. And, yes, we do discuss Muppet’s Christmas Carol.

Hosted by Simon Jones and Steph McKenna.

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Music by Bennet Maples.