The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home is a novella by Charles Dickens, published by Bradbury and Evans, and released 20 December 1845 . A homely tale about stout Parcel Carrier John Peerybingle, his small young wife Dot, Caleb Plummer and his blind Daughter Bertha, their employer the gruff old Mr Tackleton and his young bride to be and what portentous consequences the arrival of mysterious old man means for them all. Narrated by Michael Ward.
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About Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens (1812–1870) was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England, the second of eight children in a family continually plagued by debt. A legacy brought release from the nightmare of debtors’ prison and child labor and afforded him a few years of formal schooling. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his early writings brought him the amazing success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. He was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic characters.