I’m Professor of English at University College London.

For the first half of my career, I was interested, especially, in 18th century English literature, but latterly I’ve turned more to 19th century literature. My two most recent books have been about, respectively, Jane Austen and the novels of Charles Dickens.

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How Novels Work

What Matters in Jane Austen? Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved

The Artful Dickens: The Tricks and Ploys of the Great Novelist