Twelve Books for Christmas: Book Two: A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

Having read Miss Marley I had to reread the story that had inspired it. Jacob Marley had always been a peripheral character and I had never thought about Scrooge’s past. Now I read the story with a new insight. They had both been enthusiastic and likable young men but a grim determination not to be poor had overtaken both of them and turned them into money-grabbing monsters. I had always regarded them as simply greedy and mean but Miss Marley shows that both had good reason to fear poverty. There are a great many different editions available but I like this one as it slips easily into a pocket.

Jane

As always we would like you to buy this book. Also, as always, we would like you to buy it from your local bookshop. Without your support it might not survive.

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