Hard Times - Macmillan Collector's Library (Hardback)
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Hard Times - Macmillan Collector's Library (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages
Published: 08/09/2016
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A novel of social and moral themes, Hard Times is the archetypal Dickens novel, filled with family difficulties, estrangement, rotten values and unhappiness. Published in 1854, it is set in the imaginary Coketown, an industrial city inspired by Preston, and tells the story of the family of Thomas Gradgrind, a man obsessed with misguided 'Utilitarian' values that make him trust facts, statistics and practicality over emotion. Based on James Mill (the Utilitarian leader), Gradgrind raises his own children, Louisa and Tom, in line with these same views, forcing an artless existence on them. Contemporary critics such as Macaulay savaged the book for its supposed 'sullen socialism' but it has become well regarded since earning the favour of George Bernard Shaw.

This Macmillan Collector's Library edition is illustrated by Harry French, with an afterword by David Stuart Davies.

Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509825431
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 228 g
Dimensions: 158 x 101 x 24 mm

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“You Will Love This (but maybe not yet!)”

The shortest of his novels, this is probably the Dickens that is encountered most frequently these days due to its permanent position on school book lists. That's a shame really because it is the least typical... More

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“Lovely read!”

I read this book, as part of a university course, at first it was slow to read sometimes because some idiolects were difficult to read. After the story grips you though, it is very interesting and it is surprising how... More

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“Brief but Grim”

Hard Times has been a unique Dickens reading experience. I’d become so used to tackling massive tomes and spending weeks at a time getting to know and live with Dickens' characters, that this brief little novel... More

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