What do reviewers say about Death and Mr Pickwick?


 "A masterpiece of imagination supported by a mountain of research." - Sunday Telegraph.


"An outstanding first novel....Burstingly informative and thronged with colourful characters, (Jarvis’s) panoramic novel about the shady start and sunny breakthrough of a literary phenomenon is a phenomenon itself." - Sunday Times.  


"It offers a reading experience as immersive as Wolf Hall and as visionary in its capacity to connect us with past lives. As a former Man Booker judge, I will eat my hat if it doesn't make this year's list." - Independent.


"This astounding first a staggering accomplishment." - Publisher's Weekly.


"Dickens himself would be proud of Jarvis's capture of so huge a slice of life." - Kirkus.  


“Some may view this book as a remarkable piece of literary detection, others a dazzlingly

written and superbly imagined exposition of how art and writing are gestated and born.

Or both.”  - Daily Mail.


"(F)ormidably knowledgeable...Jarvis sends readers on marvelous excursions into

English social and cultural life in the early nineteenth century" - Washington Post


“For someone saddened that there will  never be any more new novels coming from the pen of

Charles Dickens, Jarvis’s sprawling, 800-page work could be the next big thing.”  - NPR


“How can I convince you to lose yourself in first-time novelist Stephen Jarvis’ magnificent, 802-page Death and Mr. Pickwick?. . . . [B]reathtaking shape and scope….  Jarvis stakes a winning claim that we need more novels like it. ” – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


"One of 10 knockout fictional feasts" - O (Oprah) Magazine July 2015


"Jarvis has the enviable skill of being able to switch nimbly not just from character to character,

but from story to story — all while holding the reader engrossed. Like Russian nesting dolls,

there are stories within stories within stories in this book" - Washington Independent July 2015


  "This is an astonishing debut" -  Evening Standard's Best Summer Books List


"Stephen Jarvis punctuates Dickens’s skills with this

impeccable piece of historical fiction." - Buffalo News


To Do: July 15–July 29, 2015--Twenty-five things

to see, hear, watch, and read - New York Magazine




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