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The Dickens Boy (MP3)
Released the same day as the standard print edition
The Dickens Boy (MP3)
Written by:
Tom Keneally 
Read by:
David Tredinnick 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
14 hours 42 minutes 
MP3 size:
608 MB 
March 31 2020 
Available Date:
March 31 2020 
Age Category:
Fiction; Historical Fiction 
Bolinda/Penguin Audio Australia 
Bolinda price
AUD$ 39.95
AUD$ 39.95

In the late 1800s, rather than run the risk of your under-achieving children tarnishing your reputation at home, you sent them to the colonies. At least that is what Charles Dickens did with two of his boys (and Trollope did it, too).

In the late 1800s, rather than run the risk of his under-achieving sons tarnishing his reputation at home, Charles Dickens sent two of them to Australia. The tenth child of Charles Dickens, Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens, known as Plorn, had consistently proved unable ‘to apply himself’ to school or life. So aged 16, he is sent, as his brother Alfred was before him, to Australia. Plorn arrives in Melbourne in late 1868 carrying a terrible secret. He has never read a word of his father’s work. He is sent out to a two-thousand-square-mile station in remotest New South Wales to learn to become a man from the most diverse and toughest of companions. Plorn, unexpectedly, encounters the same veneration of his father and familiarity with Dickens’s work in Australia as was rampant in England. Against this backdrop – featuring cricket tournaments, horse-racing, bush rangers, sheep droving, shifty stock and station agents, frontier wars and first encounters with Australian women – Plorn meets extraordinary people and wonderful adventures as he works to prove himself. This is Tom Keneally in his most familiar terrain. Taking historical figures and events and reimagining them with verve, compassion and humour.