Which Charles Dickens book should I read first?
One of England’s best-loved authors, Charles Dickens was a prolific writer. If you’re unsure where to start with his many novels, travel books and short stories, here’s our guide to Charles Dickens’s books.
Charles Dickens is one of the most beloved English writers of all time and an important part of our literary heritage. He was one of the great chroniclers of Victorian life and his brilliant wit and rich narratives brought him incomparable fame in the literary world, both in his own time and in ours. His novels explore social concerns like labour conditions, poverty and childhood cruelty while keeping love, friendship and sorrow at their hearts.
Dickens wrote fourteen novels as well as short fiction and travel books. If you’ve never read any of his work, knowing where to start can be daunting, but there's never been a better time to dive into the classics. Here are our recommendations for which Charles Dickens book to start with, for all ages and interests.
Best Charles Dickens books for younger readers
Best romantic Charles Dickens books
Best Charles Dickens books about politics
Best funny Charles Dickens books
Best scary Charles Dickens books
Best Charles Dickens books to transport you
In this episode of Book Break Emma explores the English seaside, including Broadstairs where Charles Dickens stayed while writing Nicholas Nickelby and where the Charles Dickens Museum can now be found: