Review

In The Dickens Boy, Tom Keneally has spun fiction from historical fact

By Penelope Cottier
April 24 2020 - 2:00pm
Tom Keneally raises intriguing questions about the character of Charles Dickens. Picture: Penguin Random House
  • The Dickens Boy, by Tom Keneally. Vintage. $32.99.

Charles Dickens's son Edward (known as Plorn) followed his older brother Alfred to Australia in 1868. In The Dickens Boy, Tom Keneally has created an entertaining and moving novel spinning out from this historical fact, creating a vivid picture of colonial Australia.

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