Friday Reads: Mr. Dickens and His Carol

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Reads! Today I am sharing a few quotes from Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva. ‘Tis the season for holiday reads.

Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share quotes (the first sentence, or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.


Friday Reads: Mr. Dickens and His CarolTitle: Mr. Dickens and His Carol
Author: Samantha Silva
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: October 31, 2017

Summary (from Goodreads):

Laced with humor, rich historical detail from Charles Dickens’ life, and clever winks to his work, Samantha Silva's Mr. Dickens and His Carol is an irresistible new take on a cherished classic.

Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. And a serious bout of writer’s block sets in.

Frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace in his great palace of thinking, the city of London itself. On one of his long night walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, who might be just the muse he needs. As Dickens’ deadlines close in, Eleanor propels him on a Scrooge-like journey that tests everything he believes about generosity, friendship, ambition, and love. The story he writes will change Christmas forever.

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On that unseasonably warm November day at One Devonshire Terrace, Christmas was not in his head at all.


“A tree?” demanded Dickens. “Inside the house?”

“A Christmas tree. From Germany.”

“Have we no trees in England?”

“The Queen and Prince Albert insist on it. It’s a new tradition.”

“Traditions are not new, Catherine. They are old. And we cannot afford the ones we have.”


The concept of this book is so much fun! I am excited to read this reimagined story of how Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol. It is definitely putting me in the Christmas spirit.

About Samantha Silva

Samantha Silva

Samantha Silva is an author and screenwriter based in Idaho. Mr. Dickens and His Carol is her debut novel. Over her career she's sold projects to Paramount, Universal, New Line Cinema, and TNT. A film adaptation of her short story, The Big Burn, won the 1 Potato Short Screenplay Competition at the 2017 Sun Valley Film Festival. Silva will direct, her first time at the helm. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, she's lived in London, Bologna, and Rome, is an avid Italophile and a forever Dickens devotee.

33 thoughts on “Friday Reads: Mr. Dickens and His Carol

  1. Sammie @ The Writerly Way says:

    Oooh, I hadn’t heard of this, but I love books like this! That opening just really catches my attention, and oh my gosh, I absolutely LOVE that snippet! Made me giggle (and gosh, he’s so right, but so is she). Definitely gonna look for this book! Thanks for sharing.

    You can find my First Line Friday 56 here.

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