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by Charles Dickens

Foreword by Philip Hensher

Recently widowed, Mrs Lirriper devotes her energies to attending to the needs of her assorted lodgers. But when a newborn child is abandoned to her care, her responsibilities extend to new levels, and she enlists a long-term lodger, the Major, into the role of joint guardian. The two develop a great affection for the child, and to keep him entertained they relate the stories of their fellow lodgers, little knowing that they are about to embark on their own real-life tale of impending death, guilty secrets and mysterious legacies.

Published for the first time in 1863–4 in a Christmas specials to 'All The Year Round', Mrs Lirriper’s Lodgings and Mrs Lirriper’s Legacy now appear in their entirety for the first time in over a century, including the original contributions by Dickens' contemporaries, such as Elizabeth Gaskell.

Publication date: 01/12/2005

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