Today is Charles Dickens 200th birthday!
The 200th birthday of someone who has brought me an immeasurable amount of pleasure and influenced my reading tastes more than any other writer. Charles Dickens has filled my life and imagination with his characters and stories. I’m grateful for the unhappy childhood his parents provided him, the inspiration his times brought him and all of his hard work. All that and his writer voodoo magic married up to create books that would bring me (and some others) great joy.