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Hailed by George Bernard Shaw as Dicken's masterpiece among masterpieces for its social indictment and sense of humanity, Little Dorrit is both an examination of Victorian England and a surprising love story.

This BBC Radio 4 dramatisation recreates the author's mid-19th Century London, in particular the East London area of Marshalsea. Drawing upon his own father's imprisonment in Marshalsea Debtors' Prison, Dickens placed the institution firmly in the heart of the novel when telling the story of Amy Dorrit.

The youngest child of debtor William Dorrit, Amy is born in Marshalsea prison. She and her father are befriended by Arthur Clennam, whose mother employs little Dorrit as a seamstress. The fortunes of the Dorrits undergo an extreme change when William inherits a fortune, and the family moves to Italy.

Back in England, Arthur Clennam finds himself the victim of a massive fraud and ends up in Marshalsea. There he is found by Little Dorrit, whose fortune has had no effect on her generosity and humility. Arthur realises that she loves him, but it is not until the Dorrit fortune is lost that the two of them can be united at last.

Peopled with Dickens' usual host of memorable characters, the author's mix of satire and genuine sentiment has made this one of his best-loved works. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rosa Jamali | 2/19/2014

    " Quite a remarkable book by Dickens and how a reversal of fortune could change the life of people dramatically which I guess Dickens is a master of picturing all unpredictable possiblities ... the plot was totally twisted, Marshalsea's vision down and gloomy sent me to gothic novels... the portrait of Mrs Clenam which is a replica of Miss Havisham ....and turning all those characters in a thread of drama was really a suspense...the portrait of William Dorrit was really impressing and moving and how a misfortune though planned by others could ruin the life of so many people and make them desperate! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hank | 2/13/2014

    " Watching on BBC DVD, marvelous so far. Am I cheating by watching instead of reading? Well we finished and the BBC presentation was absolutely captivating. I am a wimp - I just did not want to read 1000, but maybe in another life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bonnie | 2/9/2014

    " Excellent! So much insight into personalities and relationships. This book is worth the time to read. One thing I love about Charles Dickens is that even the good characters aren't spared the consequences of foolish decisions that they make. Of course, the characters who remain steadfastly good receive happy endings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Clare Cannon | 2/3/2014

    " What a wonderful book to read at a leisurly pace, savouring the subtly humourous commentary on human beings and their daily struggles in 19th century England. The complexity of his characters is so rich, each one responding to their circumstances at various points along the way between self interest and true selflessness. Even the simpler ones show a strength of character that - at least for me - brings tears to the eyes. "

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