'Look here! Here?s a jolly life! What?s the odds where it comes from??Meet the Artful Dodger, as roistering and swaggering a young gentleman as ever stood four foot six. With him, you?ll run down the dirty backstreets of London to be entertained by the Respectable Old Gentleman and his brood of thieves and pickpockets. Fagin will bring you to 'the trade?, and make something of you, something profitable.But there?s something about the young orphan Oliver that?s too good for this dark and dangerous world - can he ever escape its clutches?Includes exclusive material- In 'The Backstory? you can learn more about Oliver Twist?s London!Vintage Children?s Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Bookand Alice?s Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamasand The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Charles Dickens' well-loved classic filled with unforgettable characters
Charles Dickens was born in 1812 near Portsmouth, where his father worked as a clerk. Living in London in 1824, Dickens was sent by his family to work in a blacking-warehouse, and his father was arrested and imprisoned for debt. Fortunes improved and Dickens returned to school, eventually becoming a parliamentary reporter. His first piece of fiction was published by a magazine in December 1832, and by 1836 he had begun his first novel, The Pickwick Papers. He focused his career on writing, completing fourteen highly successful novels including Great Expectations, Oliver Twist and Bleak House, as well as penning journalism, shorter fiction and travel books. He died in 1870.