Dreams of 94-year-old West Wickham man come true as his Charles Dickens book is published (From News Shopper)
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Dreams of 94-year-old West Wickham man come true as his Charles Dickens book is published
THE dreams of a 94-year-old Charles Dickens fanatic from West Wickham have come true with the publication of a book he penned on the 19th century writer.
Alan Watts, of Glebe Way, finshed writing An Inroduction to the Novels of Charles Dickens a few months ago.
The book examines 12 Dickens novels, from his early books Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby to his later works, such as Little Dorrit and Bleak House.
Mr Watts said: "It is quite unique, I don't know any book which is quite like this.
"It doesn't just deal with the novels themselves, it deals with the social problems of the time - prisons, public execution, child poverty - the problems which are dealt with by Dickens in the novels.
"I tried to give a feel of each novel, to give an idea of what it is about, what sort of things Dickens is aiming at.
"And there is also an illustration alongside each story."
The book has been published by Grayswood Press, and is available for £7.
Explaining his love of Dickens Mr Watts added: "He was such an interesting character and a great actor.
"A lot people don't realise this but he was also an actor, as well as a writer.
"He had a wonderful sense of humour in his novels."
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