charliechaplinfan wrote:Yes, I celebrated it and was not impressed with my children's school for them not mentioning it
charliechaplinfan wrote:Does anyone have a favourite Dickens book? I can't decide, maybe Oliver Twist, perhaps Great Expectations. Hard Times is special because it's set in my nearest city, Preston and it's about the cotton mills where most of my ancestors laboured.
charliechaplinfan wrote:Where abouts in Lancashire Mary Kate? He might know something of the cotton mills himself. If you want another couple of books from that time period that link you with the area although not by Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell's Mary Barton and North and South are highly recommended by me.
kingrat wrote:It's interesting that Nicholas Nickleby, one of the weakest, has done so well in adaptations.
charliechaplinfan wrote:Oldham isn't far from here and very definitely in the industrial North of the time, it's close to Manchester where Gaskell's novels take place. Those census occupations can be quite mystifying, it needs a social historian to explain some of them.
charliechaplinfan wrote:There is also a BBC program called Mitchell and Kenyon which features films shot at the beginning of the 20th century in Lancashire, they were discovered 10 years ago in the basement of a shop in Lancashire. MItchell and Kenyon used to go to towns and shot factory workers leaving the mills, or on the fairground, at work at play and then show the films at night in the cinemas of the time and peope would go to see themselves on screen. They're really interesting if you like social history.
charliechaplinfan wrote:Here's a link Mary Kate to the films, they might be stocked by a rental service or library.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss? ... and+kenyon
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