Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend

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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY NICK HORNBY John Harmon returns to England after years in exile to claim his inheritance: a great fortune and a beautiful young woman to whom he is betrothed, but has never met. When Harmon's body is pulled out of the Thames, all of London is fascinated by the mystery of the murdered man and his unclaimed riches. Scavengers, social-climbers, lawyers and teachers, a money-lender and a dolls-dressmaker, men and women both honest and villainous, will all become embroiled in this tale of love and obsession, death and rebirth.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 928 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 42mm | 621.42g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 009954069X
  • 9780099540694
  • 141,673

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"Our Mutual Friend made me want to be a writer" -- Zoe Heller * Guardian * "Dickens wasn't just telling a story, but drawing a panoramic picture of his times, full of detail about the way the Victorians lived, loved and thought. Our Mutual Friend is superbly constructed - part social satire, part murder mystery, part love story. It is crowded with memorable characters: the aspirational Veneerings, the playboy lawyer Eugene Wrayburn, and the heroines: giddy-minded Bella Wilfur and saintly Lizzy Hexam" * Independent * "Our Mutual Friend disturbs us to the root of our being...terribly great" -- John Sutherland "Perhaps his greatest work. The great novel of London: dark, wise, unsentimental" -- William Boyd * Newsweek * "Charles Dickens is the greatest novelist in the English language" -- Peter Ackroydshow more

About Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born on 7 February 1812 in Landport in Portsmouth. His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office who often ended up in financial trouble. When Dickens was twelve years old he was sent to work in a shoe polish factory because his father had been imprisoned for debt.In 1833 he began to publish short stories and essays in newspapers and magazines. The Pickwick Papers, his first commercial success, was published in 1836, the same year that he married Catherine Hogarth. The serialisation of Oliver Twist began in 1837 while The Pickwick Papers was still running. Many other novels followed and Dickens became a celebrity in America as well as Britain. He also set up and edited the journals Household Words (1850-9) and All the Year Round (1859-70). Charles Dickens died on 9 June 1870 leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.show more

Back cover copy

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY NICK HORNBY 'Perhaps his greatest work. The great novel of London: dark, wise, unsentimental' William Boyd John Harmon is returning to England after long years in exile to claim his inheritance: a great fortune and a beautiful young woman to whom he is betrothed, but has never met. When Harmon's body is pulled out of the Thames, all of London is fascinated by the mystery of the murdered man and his unclaimed riches. Scavengers in the city's murky underworld and social climbers at Mr and Mrs Veneering's fashionable dinner table, lawyers and teachers, a money-lender and a dolls-dressmaker, men and women both honest and villainous, will all become embroiled in this tale of love and obsession, death and rebirth. See also: A Tale of Two Citiesshow more

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"Perhaps his greatest work. The great novel of London: dark, wise, unsentimental"show more

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