In Kent with Charles Dickens

Thomas FROST (1821 - 1908)


By his own admission, Thomas Frost found it hard to make a living from his writing, and no doubt he used the name of Dickens in the title of this book to boost sales. Frost tells a good tale, and the book is not only of interest to enthusiasts of Dickens and the county of Kent.

He includes some of Dickens' own descriptions of locations, as well as regaling us with anecdotes about towns and villages which he visits, including an account of the last armed rising on British soil - the Battle of Bossenden Wood.

As well as accounts of his travels through the highways and byways of Kent in the footsteps of Dickens and his characters, he also wanders into the lanes of myth and legend, sometimes making up his own stories along the way.

After managing to forgive his cardinal sin of confusing Men of Kent and Kentish Men in the first chapter, I found this rather odd mixture of memoir, short stories and literary travelogue a most enjoyable read. (Summary by Ruth Golding)

Genre(s): Biography & Autobiography, Travel & Geography

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Chapter I Ruth Golding
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Play 02 02 - Chapter II Ruth Golding
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Play 03 03 - Chapter III Ruth Golding
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Play 04 04 - Chapter IV Ruth Golding
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Play 05 05 - Chapter V Ruth Golding
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Play 06 06 - Chapter VI Ruth Golding
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Play 07 07 - Chapter VII Ruth Golding
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Play 08 08 - Chapter VIII Ruth Golding
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Play 09 09 - Chapter IX Ruth Golding
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Play 10 10 - Chapter X Ruth Golding
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Play 11 11 - Chapter XI Ruth Golding
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Play 12 12 - Chapter XII Ruth Golding
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Play 13 13 - Chapter XIII Ruth Golding
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Play 14 14 - Chapter XIV Ruth Golding
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