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Alan Johnson on David Copperfield

Former home secretary Alan Johnson tells the story of how Charles Dickens's book David Copperfield affected the course of his life.

Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson describes how "David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens mirrored his poor and troubled childhood in West London. After the death of his mother, the discovery of this great novel gave him the hope to build a happy and secure adult life. "I was thirteen years old and had read lots of books but nothing like this complex saga; so moving, so emotionally intertwined. I loved Peggoty, laughed at Micawber, loathed Uriah Heep. And I cried. Tears that never fell for my mother fell for Ham."
Producer: Smita Patel.

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Mon 20 Oct 2014 22:45

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