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“In a very modern way, NoteStream is taking Dickens back to how it was originally written - this is the way my great great grandfather wanted his books to be read.”
The NoteStream Book Club is launching with the greatest holiday classic of all time, ‘A Christmas Carol.’
And we are proud to have the enthusiastic backing of the Victorian novelist’s great great grandson Gerald Dickens.


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Back To Beginnings

Back To Beginnings

“In a very modern way, NoteStream is taking Dickens back to how it was originally written - this is the way my great great grandfather wanted his books to be read.”

The NoteStream Book Club is delight to present the greatest holiday classic of all time, ‘A Christmas Carol.’

And we are proud to have the enthusiastic backing of the Victorian novelist’s great great grandson Gerald Dickens.

Gerald Dickens

Gerald Dickens

Charles Dickens great-great grandson

“I’m really excited that NoteStream has chosen Dickens to serialize online because that was exactly how he became so enormously popular in the 19th century, by publishing his books in installments and keeping his readers on tenterhooks.

“His serialized novels created the water cooler moments of his time. Dickens is looked upon by some as being so highbrow but his books were written like soap operas with the readers desperate to get the next installments.

“I wish NoteStream the greatest of success.”

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Dickens’ success was based on the monthly and sometimes weekly serialization of his novels from The Pickwick Papers through to later classics like Great Expectations.

Most of his major works were first written in installments and later reprinted in book form.

“He shot to fame with The Pickwick Papers,” said Gerald, who now tours the world with shows based on some of his celebrated ancestor’s novels and short stories.

“One of the biggest reasons was the serialization. Reading groups were springing up in London and people just couldn’t get the next chapters quick enough.

“The people who couldn’t afford to buy books could still buy the papers that serialized his stories.

“It got to such a situation with The Old Curiosity Shop that it was coming out weekly but it obviously took much longer for the copies to reach America by ship and the Americans were clamoring to know what happened after he wrote that Little Nell had started to cough,” explained Gerald.

“People in New York were crowding onto the docks waiting for the next chapters and as soon as the first ship docked someone shouted out, ‘Is Little Nell dead?’

“‘Yes!’ the Captain yelled back. It was pandemonium.”

Illustration by George Cattermole, 1841.

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The Old Curiosity Shop

Dickens’ love affair with the United States grew as he was invited to speak in front of huge crowds and became, in many ways, the nation’s first bona fide entertainment “celebrity.”

“He lived the American dream,” said Gerald. “He pulled himself up by his bootstraps at a time when the class system in England was everything. The Americans absolutely took to him as a result and he, in turn, was fascinated by America.”

Start reading ‘A Christmas Carol.’ or Great Expectations now!