Barnaby Rudge, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Illustrations by Hablot K. Browne (Phiz) and George Cattermole, with a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, Research Professor of English, University of Sussex.

This vivid historical and political novel by Dickens is centred on the infamous 'No Popery' riots, instigated by Lord George Gordon, which terrorised London in 1780.

Dickens' targets are prejudice, intolerance, religious bigotry and nationalistic fervour, together with the villains who exploit these for selfish ends.

His intense account of the riots is interwoven with the mysterious tale of a long-unsolved murder and with a romance involving forbidden love, treachery and heroism.

Barnaby Rudge abounds in memorably strange, comic and grotesque characters.

Furthermore, recent historical events have renewed its political topicality.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 672 pages, black & white illustrations, frontispiece
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781853267390


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This is not one of the better known Dickens novels, but to my my mind, this is at least as good as, if not better than, say, Oliver Twist. The characters from all walks of life are vividly drawn and the political events of the appalling Gordon riots memorably and quite shockingly described. There are some good comic characters as well. The last few chapters form a satisfying tying up of the lives of all the characters.

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