Dickens In The Other Room

 So anyway, 2016. Looking back at my manifesto* for 2015, the words ‘abject’ followed by ‘failure’ would seem appropriate, if a little on the pedestrian side. The plan, brimful of good intent, was to take down from my shelves – and open – five lengthy tomes. But 60% of them eluded my grasp despite being only inches away from my…