Hard Times

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Hard Times (1854) first appeared in Dickens’ weekly periodical, Household Words, serialized in twenty instalments. The shortest of his novels, it is set in Coke town, a fictitious Victorian industrial town inspired by Preston in the North of England. It tells the story of the family of Thomas Grad grind, a man obsessed with misguided ‘Utilitarian’ values that make him trust facts, statistics and practicality over emotion.
Based on James Mill (the Utilitarian leader), Grad grind raises his own children, Louisa and Tom, in line with these same views. The novel has been frequently adapted for film, stage and television.

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Charles Dickens


Preowned, Readable




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