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Dickens on show.

A Tale of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol are good introductions to Charles Dickens, but what about for younger children? The question must have been bothering Mick Manning and Brita Granstr|m, who are married but also work together on producing marvellous kids' books.

Their children's book Charles Dickens - Scenes from an Extraordinary Life was released last year and will now feature in a new exhibition of Brita's work at University Gallery, Northumbria University.

Scenes from an Extraordinary Life was published to celebrate the bicentenary of Dickens'' birth. It is based on his own words and recollections and vividly dramatises his life.

Beginning with his birth in Portsmouth and early childhood near the docks in Chatham, the book follows the young Charles through the hardship of working in a blacking factory to his years at school, his early career as a reporter and his meteoric rise to fame.

Key incidents that inspired his novels are described, and his family life, dramatic readings and tours of the USA are included.

An exhibition of original artworks from the book will be shown at the gallery's print room and signed copies of the book will be available. Check page 34 of this magazine for details.

Charles Dickens: Scenes from an Extraordinary Life by Mick Manning and Brita Granstr|m is published by Frances Lincoln.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 24, 2012
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