The Author Who Outsold Dickens

The Author Who Outsold Dickens, The Life and Work of W. H. Ainsworth written by Stephen Carter and published by Pen and Sword Books. Hardback – £25.00 – 243 Pages. The author Stephen Carver uses this book to look at the publishing and private life of William H. Ainsworth in an interesting and informative way. I was interested in this book because I have a keen interest in everything Victorian and although a lot of publishing was done in that era, I had not heard of Ainsworth before, but was keen to find out more. The book focuses mainly on his books by looking at letters, excerpts and the critical reception he received. Having read a number of books and information about writers of the time, to which there were numerous, it’s probably not surprising that Ainsworth has long since been forgotten.

This was a fascinating book and very well written and researched by an excellent author who I have read before in his excellent book, The 19th Century Underworld, which we rated as one of the best books of 2019. I would say that this book would be an interesting read about the Victorian era and fans of this era would enjoy the book, but it would probably only appeal mainly to those with a rich interest in literature. The author Stephen Carver clearly writes well about this era and I look forward to reading other books by the author. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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