He has been called England’s greatest novelist and his works have never gone out of print. His characters are among the most famous written in English literature. Hugely famous in his day, the author Charles Dickens was the original Victorian superstar. But behind the fame and the fortune were personal demons and a struggle to escape a past he revealed to nobody and of which he was deeply ashamed. Who was the man behind the characters? What was he really like? What darkness lay behind the charming public face?

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