18 episodes

Actor Dominic Gerrard hosts an exciting new series that explores the Life and Times of Charles Dickens: his extraordinary novels, who he was as a person, his career as a performer, and his activism. Each episode includes special guests: academics, writers, actors, directors and descendants of the great man himself! Thank you for listening 🔥

Charles Dickens: A Brain on Fire! �‪�‬ Dominic Gerrard

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Actor Dominic Gerrard hosts an exciting new series that explores the Life and Times of Charles Dickens: his extraordinary novels, who he was as a person, his career as a performer, and his activism. Each episode includes special guests: academics, writers, actors, directors and descendants of the great man himself! Thank you for listening 🔥

    The French Revolution: with Adam Zamoyski

    The French Revolution: with Adam Zamoyski

    Dominic is joined by the fantastic historian Adam Zamoyski who shares his insight into the origins of both Revolutionary thought and action in the last quarter of the 18th Century: what Dickens famously calls 'The Period' in his A Tale of Two Cities ...

    Adam's celebrated titles on the Age of Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars include: Holy Madness, 1812. Napoleon’s Fatal March on Moscow, Rites of Peace and Napoleon: The Man Behind The Myth ...

    This episode also contains both French Revolutionary and British Reactionary quotes and slogans read by the brilliant actress Léna Robin.
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    • 41 min
    The Old Curiosity Shop: with Dr. Claire Wood

    The Old Curiosity Shop: with Dr. Claire Wood

    Dominic is Joined by the brilliant Dr. Claire Wood, who is a lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Leicester and a former research associate at the University of York. Claire’s writing on Dickens includes: Dickens and the Business of Death, published by Cambridge University Press. Claire is also a founder of the Dickens Code which seeks to crack the mysteries of Dickens’ unique form of shorthand - a project that has just been nominated for a Times Education Award ..
    Also joining us to read extracts from The Old Curiosity Shop  the excellent actor, Gunnar Cauthery.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    A Quick Hello ...

    A Quick Hello ...

    Dominic says a quick hello to thank you all for listening to Charles Dickens: A Brain on Fire! and to let you know ways in which you can help support this series.

    First you can sponsor or donate here:
    https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dominicgerrard

    You can also book for Dominic's live-stream of Ghosts and Murder  which has been filmed for Halloween exclusively inside the Charles Dickens Museum:
    https://dickensmuseum.com/blogs/all-events/ghosts-murder
    Watch this live stream and Q&A wherever you are in the world on Monday 31st October at 7.30pm (GMT)
     
    Thank you for listening!
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    • 2 min
    Dickens and Travel: with Lucinda Hawksley

    Dickens and Travel: with Lucinda Hawksley

    It's summer ... the perfect time to talk about Dickens' travels abroad. Dominic is joined again by the brilliant Lucinda Hawskley who returns to talk about her new book Dickens and Travel ... A perfect addition to your holiday reading!

    Mentioned also in the episode are two portraits which you can view here:

    Daniel Maclise's "Charles Dickens" ('Nickleby Portrait) 1839
    Francis Alexander's "Charles Dickens" 1842

    Plus Harry Styles' latest album Harry's House !
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    • 53 min
    Bleak House: with Stephen Fry

    Bleak House: with Stephen Fry

    Dominic is joined by the inimitable Stephen Fry who takes the listener on an intricate journey through the fog and mystery of Dickens' thrilling masterpiece: Bleak House

    Reading extracts from Esther's narrative also is the brilliant Sally Scott

    And here is a link to Miriam Margolyes' unabridged audiobook of Bleak House mentioned in the episode

    If you'd like to make a small donation to support the running of this series please click here

    Thank you for listening! 
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    • 48 min
    Waterloo: with Bernard Cornwell

    Waterloo: with Bernard Cornwell

    On the 207th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo Dominic is joined by the inimitable Bernard Cornwell OBE.

    Author of the hugely successful Sharpe series which takes the reader through the Napoleonic Wars, Bernard's latest novel Sharpe's Assassin  is now available in paperback and follows the events of the occupation of Paris immediately after Napoleon's defeat. Bernard has also written a straight history of Waterloo which is an indispensable guide to the campaign.

    Dickens was only 3 years old on that day, which defined Britain's global position for a century ...

    In this episode ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’ is sung by Georgina White 
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

4 Ratings

DawnMarieTravels ,

A Delight!

A Brain on Fire is an absolute delight! A must for all Dickens fans.

queen of the ipod ,

Fantastic!

I love this podcast and am looking forward to more episodes! I’ve learned so much and have greatly enjoyed Dominic’s chat with the guests so far. Keep up the good work!

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