His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office and was temporarily stationed in the district. He asked Christopher Huffam,  rigger to His Majesty's Navy, gentleman, and head of an established firm, to act as godfather to Charles. Huffam is thought to be the inspiration for Paul Dombey, the owner of a shipping company in Dickens's novel Dombey and Son
This book has been haunting me since my student days. It has been an influence on Scottish literature and certainly on my own Inspector Rebus stories. Set in pre-Enlightenment Scotland, it concerns a young religious zealot called Robert Wringhim.
But who is Gil-Martin really? Very little is what it seems in this complex novel. Nemeses seems to be coming in the shape of two unlikely female detectives, but fate has other plans for Wringhim. A psychological horror story, this also works as a novel of stalking, grooming and serial killing.
Dickens spins a yarn crammed with mysteries, unexplained deaths, blackmail plots and courtroom drama. The main mystery concerns the parentage of Esther Summerson. Spinning a web to trap all of them is the extraordinary figure of Inspector Bucket - who owes something to Vidocq, a real-life French detective of the period.
He is, then, the template for many fictional detectives to come. The hero of this long, engrossing tale almost certainly represents his creator.
Dostoyevsky had spent time in Siberia for sedition. He had since borrowed money from everyone who was willing to lend it, and then spent much of it on gambling. He was in his forties and needed a success. The result was one of the greatest novels ever to emerge from Russia.
He succeeds, but now has his conscience to deal with, while a prostitute called Sonya offers him the possibility of atonement. Dostoyevsky shows how crime changes the perpetrator as well as the society around him.
Everyone thinks they know the story To my mind, the author is asking a fairly central question: Stevenson was influenced by a historical character called William Brodie. Brodie had been city gent by day, but gang-leader by night.
The meek, kind-hearted Jekyll begins to yield to his baser instincts, feeling shame but also power. The answer is not altogether comfortable: This is a theme at the heart of everything I write. War was on the horizon, but Greene looked within the individual rather than the ideology, and there he found plenty of horror waiting.
I first encountered Pinkie Brown, his terrifying creation, when I was a student and just beginning to toy with the notion of writing a crime novel.
When Pinkie kills an innocent man, he is not wracked by guilt. He is not Raskolnikov. But Pinkie was brought up a Roman Catholic, and at the back of his mind lurks the anticipation of hell.
Indeed, Waugh thought him the finest American writer of his generation. In The Big Sleep, Marlowe, a private eye, acts as a knight errant, on a quest to save a distressed damsel from a dragon - the dragon in question being a gangster to whom she owes money.
The writing is brilliant, the plot convoluted, but Chandler convinces us that the perennial sunshine of Los Angeles disguises human tragedy and despair.
This husband-and-wife team wrote ten crime novels between andand thought of the series as a single entity originally called The Story Of A Crime perhaps with Dostoyevsky in mind. They delineate changes in Swedish society and chart the lives of a group of detectives who are altered by the crimes they investigate.
Often we are as interested in his colleagues, whose personal lives and tribulations we are shown. The eponymous Roseanna is yet another victim, raped, strangled and found in a Swedish lake. This incredibly slim and surreal slice of modern gothic is my favourite of hers. Lise is a woman from northern Europe, who decides on a holiday in the south.
We first meet her as a shop assistant tries without success to sell her a non-stain dress. She wants the fleeting fame that comes with a shocking murder. On her travels, she hopes she will meet the right man. But is she then the victim, or is she in the driving seat?
Spark takes the reader down a gentle but inevitable slope towards hell. Is our fate pre-ordained?The best books about Dickens. From detailed biographies of Dickens to ground-breaking works of literary criticism, there have been hundreds of books published about Charles Dickens‘s life and work.
Here are five of our favourites – five of the finest books about Dickens for the reader seeking to negotiate their way through the great novelist’s work. From detailed biographies of Dickens to ground-breaking works of literary criticism, there have been hundreds of books published about Charles Dickens‘s life and work.
Here are five of our favourites – five of the finest books about Dickens for the reader seeking to negotiate their way through. Victorians began to write of a ‘criminal class’ who lived entirely on the proceeds of crime and preyed upon the respectable people of the West End of London.
was largely a myth and perpetuated by social researchers such as Charles Dickens and Henry Mayhew. In his chapel and school. Many of the convicts were employed in public works. Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on 7 February , at 1 Mile End Terrace (now Commercial Road), Landport in Portsea Island (), the second of eight children of Elizabeth Dickens (née Barrow; –) and John Dickens (–).
His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office and was temporarily stationed in the district. Dickens's Oliver Twist depicts the excitement as well as the danger surrounding the criminal underworld. Here Professor Philip Horne examines how Dickens’s portrayal of crime was influenced by public executions, contemporary criminal slang and other sensational literary works.
The study of Victorian crime and punishment is a rich area of research that has attracted the interest not only of literary scholars but also of social historians, legal historians, and criminologists. including authors such as Charles Dickens and William Thackeray, who wrote about these experiences.
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