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Hard Times - Penguin Clothbound Classics (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 06/10/2011
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Coketown is dominated by the figure of Mr Thomas Gradgrind, school headmaster and model of Utilitarian success.

Feeding both his pupils and family with facts, he bans fancy and wonder from any young minds. As a consequence his obedient daughter Louisa marries the loveless businessman and 'bully of humanity' Mr Bounderby, and his son Tom rebels to become embroiled in gambling and robbery. 

And, as their fortunes cross with those of free-spirited circus girl Sissy Jupe and victimized weaver Stephen Blackpool, Gradgrind is eventually forced to recognize the value of the human heart in an age of materialism and machinery.

Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design.

View other titles in Penguin’s Clothbound Classics Collection.

Credited by some with inventing the detective novel and one of the most popular novelists of his day Charles Dickens remains one of the best-loved novelists in the English language, whose 200th anniversary was celebrated in 2012. His most famous books, including Oliver TwistGreat ExpectationsA Tale of Two CitiesDavid Copperfield and The Pickwick Papers, have been adapted for stage and screen and read by millions.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141198347
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 485 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 34 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

Paperback edition
6th January 2010
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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

Paperback edition
13th April 2018
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