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  • Published: 3 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099573753
  • Imprint: Vintage Children's Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $16.99

A Christmas Carol




Marley's ghostly face on the knocker of Scrooge's door still gives me the shivers - Michael Morpurgo, Independent

'Bah! Humbug!'

Mr Scrooge is a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, miserable old man. Nobody stops him in the street to say a cheery hello; nobody would dare ask him for a favour. And I hope you'd never be so foolish as to wish him a 'Merry Christmas'! Scrooge doesn't believe in Christmas, charity, kindness - or ghosts.

But one cold Christmas Eve, Scrooge receives some unusual visitors who show him just how very mistaken he's been...

  • Pub date: 3 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099573753
  • Imprint: Vintage Children's Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $16.99

About the Author

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in Hampshire on February 7, 1812. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office, who was well paid but often ended up in financial troubles. When Dickens was twelve years old he was send to work in a shoe polish factory because his family had be taken to the debtors' prison.Fagin is named after a boy Dickens disliked at the factory. His career as a writer of fiction started in 1833 when his short stories and essays began to appear in periodicals. The Pickwick Papers, his first commercial success, was published in 1836. In the same year he married the daughter of his friend George Hogarth, Catherine Hogarth. The serialisation of Oliver Twist began in 1837 while The Pickwick Papers was still running. Many other novels followed and The Old Curiosity Shop brought Dickens international fame and he became a celebrity America as well as Britain. He separated from his wife in 1858. Charles Dickens died on 9 June 1870, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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Praise for A Christmas Carol

“It has it all: a spooky ghost story, a heartwarming redemption and a great plot with a satisfyingly ending”

The Times

“A story which, perhaps more than any other, sums up the spirit of the British Christmas”

Sunday Telegraph

“A little masterpiece...irresistible”

Sunday Express

“Marley's ghostly face on the knocker of Scrooge's door still gives me the shivers”

Michael Morpurgo, Independent

“So what makes these different to any other set of classics? In a moment of inspiration Random House had the bright idea of actually asking Key stage 2 children what extra ingredients they could add to make children want to read. And does it work? Well, put it this way...my 13-year-old daughter announced that she had to read a book over the summer holiday and, without any prompting, spotted The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...and proceeded to read it! Now, if you knew my 13-year-old daughter, you would realise that this is quite remarkable. She reads texts, blogs and tags by the thousand - but this is the first book she has read since going to high school, so all hail Vintage Classics!”

National Association for the Teaching of English


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