Hard Times, Paperback Book
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'Facts alone are wanted in life': the children at Mr Gradgrind's school are sternly ordered to stifle their imaginations and pay attention only to cold, hard reality.

They live in a smoky, troubled industrial town so entertainment is hard to come by and resentments run deep.

The effects of Gradgrind's teaching on his own children, Tom and Louisa, are particularly profound and leave them ill-equipped to deal with the unpredictable desires of the human heart.

Luckily for them they have a friend in Sissy Jupe, the child of a circus clown, who retains her warm-hearted, compassionate nature despite the pressures around her.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages, b/w integrated
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780099518921

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"NOW, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing<br/>but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else,<br/>and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of<br/>reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any<br/>service to them. This is the principle on which I bring up my own<br/>children, and this is the principle on which I bring up these<br/>children. Stick to Facts, sir!"

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