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The best seasonal Dickens novels (that aren’t A Christmas Carol)

Scrooge and Co weren't Charles Dickens' only Christmas cast. If you're ready for a different tale, here are four alternatives to try

By Ray Cavanaugh  

An advent celebration of Dickens in Zagreb. Photo: PA

Sick of the same old Dickens classic each year?

Understandable if you are. Even a fine tale of redemption can grow wearisome after the 85th time.

But you needn’t resign yourself to A Christmas Carol once again. Dickens wrote four other yuletide novellas from which to choose: The ChimesThe Cricket on the HearthThe Battle of Life and The Haunted Man.

Though all of these titles enjoyed popularity in their day, none of them made the lasting impact of Dickens’ initial Christmastime offering—the one with which we’re all familiar (perhaps more…

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