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Our mutual friend

In February Dickens will turn 200. A tidal wave of celebrations approaches. But the fuss is justified—he is second only to Shakespeare in our literary heritage
David Lodge  

Smallscreen

Dickens founded a tradition of ghostly Christmas stories that's still alive and well on our TV screens. Just don't let Jonathan Creek anywhere near it
Peter Bazalgette  

A short history of the short story

The short story emerged in a blitzkrieg of 19th-century magazine publishing, reached its apotheosis with Chekhov, and became one of the great 20th-century art forms. William Boyd reveals his taxonomy of the short story, and assesses the state of the…
William Boyd