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From the Publisher"The novel has everything: an absorbing melodrama, with a supporting cast of heroes, villains and eccentrics, set in a London where vast wealth and desperate poverty live cheek-by-jow."
—Jasper Rees, The Times
"Nicholas Nickleby was a revelation. Here was a school — Dotheboy's Hall, with its grotesque headmaster, Wackford Squeers — which was even worse than the prison camp to which my poor innocent parents had confined me! The story of Dotheboy's Hall seemed horribly familiar — the beatings, the bad food. But here was something to which even a child could respond, As well as being sympathetic to the plight of the children, the author was hilarious."