I love anything old, but antique books are something so special to me… Little Dorrit for instance, was published in 1883; to imagine that over a century ago, someone sat in their library (gosh I wish WE had a library!) and read this very book that we now own, touch and read ourselves…
The book featured on top is Hard Times, also by Charles Dickens.
Unusually for Dickens, Hard Times is set, not in London, but in the imaginary mid-Victorian Northern industrial town of Coketown with its blackened factories, downtrodden workers and polluted environment. This is the soulless domain of the strict utilitarian Thomas Gradgrind and the heartless factory owner Josiah Bounderby. However human joy is not excluded thanks to ‘Mr Sleary’s Horse-Riding’ circus, a gin-soaked and hilarious troupe of open-hearted and affectionate people who act as an antidote to all the drudgery and misery endured by the ordinary citizens of Coketown.
I’ve not yet read any of this books but when I do I will surely enjoy them…and they will not leave the house!