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Sequels and prequels for Dickens characters

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Sequels and prequels for Dickens characters

Post by Kat » Mon June 24th, 2013, 11:24 am

I've started discovering a lot of contemporary authors who are writing sequels and prequels about characters from popular Dickens characters. All of them are set in Victorian times naturally.

So far I've found:

From Oliver Twist:
Dodger by Terry Pratchett
Dodger by James Benmore
Jack Dawkins by Charlton Daines
The Further Adventures and Life of Jack Dawkins, also known as The Artful Dodger by Alan Montgomery
Dodge and Twist by Terry Lee

From Great Expectations:
Havisham by Ronald Frame
Jack Maggs by Peter Carey

From A Tale of Two Cities:
Sydney's Story: A Prequel to Tale of Two Cities by Eileen Granfors
A Far Better Rest by Susanne Alleyn

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Post by Madeleine » Mon June 24th, 2013, 1:31 pm

Not really a sequel, but "Tom All-Alone's" by Lynn Shepherd (US title The Solitary House) features several characters from Bleak House - I loved it.
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Post by Kat » Wed June 26th, 2013, 10:01 am

[quote=""Madeleine""]Not really a sequel, but "Tom All-Alone's" by Lynn Shepherd (US title The Solitary House) features several characters from Bleak House - I loved it.[/quote]

Thanks, I'll add that one to my list. :)

Of the one's I've read above, Jack Dawkins by Charlton Daines was excellent and Havisham by Ronald Frame was good. Dodger by Terry Pratchett was typical terry Pratchett and pretty far removed from the Artful Dodger as we know him. Still an enjoyable read though. I'll probably read the other Artful Dodger stories sooner or later but of the three I haven't read, Dodger by James Benmore looks most promising. The other two have very unlikely sounding plots, although Dodge & Twist is allegedly to be made into a film.

I have Jack Maggs on my shelf and will read it fairly soon. I've just got the next two Songs of Ice and Fire books which are taking precedence. I'll eventually read all of the ones I find but I need to re-read The Tale of Two Cities before I do those.
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Post by boswellbaxter » Mon July 1st, 2013, 2:56 am

Cool, I'll have to look for some of these! The only one I've read is A Far Better Rest, which I enjoyed.
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Post by EC2 » Mon July 1st, 2013, 12:37 pm

Isn't Louis Bayard's Mr Timothy about Timy Tim when he grows up? It's a while since I've read it, but I'm sure it has a Dickens connection.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal


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Post by Vanessa » Thu July 4th, 2013, 8:24 am

Yes, it is. I've read it and I enjoyed it.
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Re: Sequels and prequels for Dickens characters

Post by PeterKralic » Thu November 19th, 2015, 2:28 pm

I've come across three sequels for Tiny Tim:
Christmas Parcel by Alydia Rackham (Haven't read yet)
Mr. Timothy by Louis Bayard (DNF)
Tim Cratchit's Christmas Carol by Jim Piecuch (reasonably good)

There is also Marley’s Ghost by Mark Hazard Osmun, which I haven't seen.

As for The Artful Dodger, several more than those listed on the OP have appeared with variable quality. I'm currently reading Jack Dawkins by Charlton Daines, which I'm enjoying very much. I plan to get his Christmas book soon.

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