Our first Dickens's novel

A Christmas Carol


Published on 19 December 1843 A Christmas Carol is one of literature's most successful stories. It sold out within 5 days when it was first published, released 13 editions within the year, and has never being out of print - more than 150 years.

Inspired by the street children London, and the cruel treatment of the poor, A Christmas Carol seeks to examine how a selfish and mean man, of status and means, can redeem himself and transform into a caring and more empathetic person.

A Christmas Carol introduces you to Ebenezer Scrooge - a callous and cold employer who is visited by his old, and now deceased partner, Jacob Marley who takes him on a journey to redeem himself. Bob Cratchit and his son Tiny Tim become the happy beneficiaries.

We bring you here the story as Dickens presented it, as a reading. Dickens did 127 public readings of his book before he passed away in 1870. Here John Grayson is bringing the story alive just for you.

A Christmas Carol captures the defining sprit of mid-Victorian Christmas, when the British were examining their Christmas traditions in the wake of the introduction of the Christmas Tree.

This book inspired several of today's seasonal celebrations - family gatherings, special food and drink, silly games and a festive generosity of spirit.

An inspiring and every lasting tale.

Hi I’m John


And I am going to be reading to you the stories of Charles Dickens, starting with A Christmas Carol. This book is always read together in our house in the days before Christmas - it reminds us to be kind and generous to those less off then ourselves. Dickens has an easy style and his stories are as relevant today as they were over 100 years ago.

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A Christmas Carol

Stave One - Marley's Ghost

The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed, and shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice.

Stave Two - The First of the Three Ghosts

They went in. At sight of an old gentleman in a Welsh wig, sitting behind such a high desk, that if he had been two inches taller he must have knocked his head against the ceiling, Scrooge cried in great excitement:

“Why, it’s old Fezziwig! Bless his heart; it’s Fezziwig alive again!”

Scrooge

Stave Three - the Second of the Three Spirits

Scrooge started back, appalled. Having them shown to him in this way, he tried to say they were fine children, but the words choked themselves, rather than be parties to a lie of such enormous magnitude.

“Spirit! are they yours?” Scrooge could say no more.

“They are Man’s,” said the Spirit, looking down upon them.