Fact: The London apartment where Great Expectations author CHARLES DICKENS spent part of his early life is up for sale for $1.2 million (£760,000). He lived with his family at the one-bedroom home in 1815 and later returned alone in 1828.
Fact: A copy of CHARLES DICKENS' novel A Tale Of Two Cities inscribed with a personal dedication from the author to fellow writer George Eliot has been put up for sale in London for $476,500 (£275,000).
Fact: The home where CHARLES DICKENS wrote classics such as Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities is set to open to the public for the first time. The property in Kent, England, where the wordsmith lived until his death in 1870, has been used as a school since the 1920s but will now be a visitor attraction.
Fact: A grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien and a descendant of CHARLES DICKENS are set to collaborate on two new fantasy books for children. Poet Michael Tolkien, the eldest grandson of the author, will write two novels, and Gerald DICkens, the great-great grandson of DICkens, will narrate the audiobook versions, which are due to be released later this year (12).
Quote: "That place was really dirty. We had mousetraps everywhere because there were mice in the house. I didn't have a real bed. I slept on a blue pull-out couch in my room. We didn't have anything in the fridge, except maybe luncheon meat for school and macaroni and cheese. I'd love to play Oliver Twist." Justin Bieber insists he'd be ideal to portray the CHARLES DICKENS character because of his humble childhood home.
Fact: A former London workhouse which inspired CHARLES DICKENS to pen Oliver Twist has been given protected status by British government officials. The young DICkens lived doors away from the building.
Quote: "I'd take a Brazilian, a mobile phone and CHARLES DICKENS' entire back catalogue. I'd have fun reading the books, I'd use the phone to arrange a pick-up - and you can guess what the Brazilian's for." Rupert Everett fantasises about being stranded on a desert island.
Fact: Celebrated Scandinavian director Lasse Hallstrom is set to become the latest film-maker to tackle CHARLES DICKENS' beloved A Christmas Carol, after signing on to take charge of a new version of the festive tale.