September 29, 2016

In Charles Dickens' Ironic masterpiece Great Expectations, it's not difficult to spot our protagonist. The opening of the novel labours the point that Pip has lost his parents and is living in desolate circumstances:

My first most vivid and broad impression of the ident...

June 17, 2016

Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) was an English writer and social critic, renowned for creating some of the world's best-known fictional characters. Commonly regarded as the greatest novelist of Victorian times, his fiction became very popular during his lifetime, and is...

May 28, 2016


Dickens is an author who can make you realise what reading is for.


Great Expectations was on the reading list for teenagers in their final year of school. I hadn’t confronted Dickens at university - Bleak House seemed so ponderous at the time - and I had somehow survi...

February 20, 2016


If we go back to mythology and folklore, the hero of a story can have superhuman qualities and is often semi-divine in origin - in particular, in ancient Greek myths and legends, the hero’s exploits and dealings with the gods were the subject of the story.


In more mod...

January 20, 2016


 Purely virtuous heroes are hard for us to feel much affinity for. What’s interesting, though, is that as we move away from the complete and perfect hero we move towards the anti-hero and the villain. Villains from Epic stories are similar to the anti-heroes in Ironie...

December 3, 2015

A working piece of fiction has to attract attention and hold it.

The things that we have been accustomed to calling ‘characters’ must actually be convincing ‘attention-gatherers’ to be considered to be well-crafted (as described in more detail in How Stories Really Work...

October 31, 2015


Apart from being a good example of an Irony -and you can read much more about Ironies in The Master Authors’ Secret Handbook and How Stories Really Work- Charles Dickens’ short story ‘The Signalman’ is useful for examining a text in close detail to see what techniques...

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