Stephen Jarvis presents his vast, intricately constructed, indeed Dickensian novel that tells the story of the birth, life and afterlife of the greatest literary phenomenon in history: The Pickwick Papers. In particular, Death and Mr Pickwick explores how Charles Dickens, as an ambitious young writer expropriated artist Robert Seymour’s ideas and then engaged in an elaborate cover up of the true origin of Pickwick.
Stephen Jarvis, following graduate studies at Oxford University, quickly tired of his office job and began doing unusual things every weekend and writing about them for The Daily Telegraph. These activities included learning the flying trapeze, walking on red-hot coals, getting hypnotised to revisit past lives, and entering British Snuff-Taking Championships. Death and Mr Pickwick (2015) is his first novel.
11am INTERVAL: refreshments in aid of St James’ Church funds