Robert Douglas-Fairhurst is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Magdalen College. His books include Becoming Dickens- The Invention of a Novelist, which won the Duff Cooper Prize, and The Story of Alice- Lewis Carroll and The Secret History of Wonderland, which was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. He writes regularly for publications including The Times, Guardian, TLS and Spectator. Radio and television appearances include Start the Week and The Culture Show, and he has also acted as the historical consultant on TV adaptations of Jane Eyre, Emma and Great Expectations, the BBC drama series Dickensian, and the feature film Enola Holmes. In 2015 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
It is hard to imagine a better book on Dickens. * New
Statesman (BECOMING DICKENS) *
A startling and exciting writer. * Spectator (THE STORY OF ALICE) *
In a year of striking biographies, the most striking of all - due to its erudition, empathy and freshness of approach - is Douglas-Fairhurst's Becoming Dickens. * TLS (BECOMING DICKENS) *