These days many authors have a Christmas themed book, almost every television show features a Christmas episode and a variety of seasonal films are in theaters during the month of December. Today’s Christmas obsessed world is quite a contrast to the world in which Dickens was writing. In Dickens’ day, the idea of a Christmas themed book was so unusual it wasn’t deemed a worthwhile idea. Dickens’ publishers weren’t willing to publish A Christmas Carol despite Dickens’ previous successes. Confident in the book’s merit, Dickens self-published the book and hoped it would revive his struggling career and financial situation. Before reading this book I didn’t realize how much of Dickens’ writing was autobiographical. This book is a compelling tale of a man who transformed himself from a child factory laborer into a famous author.
I very much enjoyed reading this book. I found it had the perfect balance between being informational and entertaining. This book is non-fiction and gives a great deal of history but isn’t too scholarly so it is an easy read. While this book is not necessarily a Christmas book, I would definitely label it a great seasonal read. If you read The Man Who Invented Christmas and are inspired to read a Dickens book, check out A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, Bleak House, The Old Curiosity Shop, and David Copperfield. All these books are available at the library.