• Charles Dickens's Manchester (died this day 1870)

  • Sun, 09-06-2019 at 14:30
  • Queen Victoria's Statue
    Piccadilly Gardens City Centre
    M1 1LU Manchester
Charles Dickens's Manchester (died this day 1870) - Queen Victoria's Statue - Manchester

Bleak House starts with a one-word sentence: “London”.Charles Dickens probably considered starting “Hard Times” with a similar one-word sentence: “Manchester”, except that he hedged his bets by calling his mythical Northern city “Coketown”.Nevertheless the great novelist spent much time in Manchester, appearing at the Athenaeum and the Free Trade Hall, and hanging loose with Harrison Ainsworth.We remember the best of times, the worst of times.* The walk is led by Ed Glinert, Penguin author and editor of Penguin Classics’ Sherlock Holmes stories.