Our Mutual Friend (Paperback)
A sophisticated mystery, a love story and a tale of the corruptive power of wealth. This was Dickens' final complete novel and is a testament to his comic genius.
When John Harmon returns to England to receive his inheritance he learns he can only claim it if he marries Bella Wilfer. To observe her more closely he takes on another identity and begins to work for her guardian, Mr Boffin. This darkly comic novel transports the reader from the murky world of London's scavengers to the social climbers seated at the Veneering's dinner table. Memorable villains and enchanting heroes people Dickens' final complete novel.
About the Author
Arguably one of the greatest writers of the Victorian era, Charles Dickens is the author of such literary masterpieces as A Tale of Two Cities (1859), A Christmas Carol (1843), David Copperfield (1850), and The Adventures of Oliver Twist (1839), among many others. Dickens' s indelible characters and timeless stories continue to resonate with readers around the world more than 130 years after his death. Dickens was born in 1812 and died in 1870.
"The New Yorker" calls bestselling author Nick Hornby the maestro of the male confessional. His bestselling adult novels include" High Fidelity" and "About a Boy," both of which were made into highly successful movies. He lives in the UK.
"Our Mutual Friend made me want to be a writer."
--Zoe Heller, Guardian
"Dickens wasn't just telling a story, but drawing a panoramic picture of his times, full of detail about the way the Victorians lived, loved and thought. Our Mutual Friend is superbly constructed -- part social satire, part murder mystery, part love story. It is crowded with memorable characters: the aspirational Veneerings, the playboy lawyer Eugene Wrayburn, and the heroines: giddy-minded Bella Wilfur and saintly Lizzy Hexam."
"Perhaps his greatest work. The great novel of London: dark, wise, unsentimental."
--William Boyd, Newsweek