Monday, February 25, 2019

Press Release - Jack Dawkins: The Artful Dodger is Back!

Jack Dawkins: The Artful Dodger is Back! New Novel, Hailed “Brilliant”, Takes Over Where ‘Oliver Twist’ Left Off…

Terry Ward’s ‘Jack Dawkins-being the further adventures of the Artful Dodger’ pays homage to Dickens, perfectly, by continuing the story of the Artful Dodger in an unofficial sequel Charles would be proud of. Reintroducing many of the book’s original characters, readers can prepare to join Jack Dawkins on a perilous quest to France, where war is about to erupt, and at the same time, enjoya profound love story.  These and many other thought-provoking and exciting events come together to continue literature’s most timeless classic.

Terry Ward
Telephone: 01634 404528

United Kingdom–It may have been written in 1837, but ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens, remains one of history’s most cherished stories.

Now, almost two-hundred years after its original release, British writer Terry Ward picks up where Dickens left off, with an imaginative, meticulously researched and spellbinding unofficial sequel.

Synopsis of ‘Jack Dawkins’:

After Oliver Twist intervenes to save Jack Dawkins - the legendary Artful Dodger - from transportation to Botany Bay, Jack embarks on what proves to be a perilous quest to discover his roots. Before he can say ‘Fagin’ he is battling to survive a devastating flood and rescue beautiful Lysette Godden, the girl of his dreams, from the hands of murderous villains.  When the search for Jack's parents takes them to France,where war might erupt at any moment, Lysette’s personal ambitions, and unexpected events, test their mettle and mutual love to the utmost; changing their lives for ever. Brilliantly and evocatively written, ‘Jack Dawkins’ is a worthy sequel to Charles Dickens's immortal masterpiece ‘Oliver Twist’.

“The Artful Dodger, Jack Dawkins, is one of Charles Dickens most popular and best-lovedcharacters,” explains the author. “Where he came from and how he came to be living on the streets of London, had always intrigued me, so I decided to provide him with both a past-and, after fighting for it, a future better than the one that was in store for him after he was arrested for stealing a silver snuff-box.  I have not tried to re-invent the Artful Dodger, by and large he remains his inimitable self, but Jack’s true nature is gradually revealed during his quest to discover his roots.  Aware that I was treading on hallowed ground, I have paid due homage to the style of Charles Dickens.  I am convinced that if you loved the Artful Dodger in ‘Oliver Twist’, you will not be disappointed with him in my sequel to it.

Continuing, “Initial feedback has been extremely positive, and it appears the dignity of this sequel is resonating with readers. I’m sure Mr. Dickens would approve.  He loved happy endings, too!”

Indeed, reviews have been glowing. One reader comments, “"JACK DAWKINS" is a stirring tale of derring-do, which follows on seamlessly from "OLIVER TWIST". One meets once again some of the memorable characters from Charles Dickens' book. Terry Ward has not only meticulously researched these characters, but also many historical personages and the very impressive events of the early Nineteenth Century. It will appeal to an entire age-range of readers and the end lends itself open for a sequel.”

In America, author Anthony Avina, wrote:  ‘This is a breathtaking and beautiful story that readers need to have in their lives.  The writing is amazing.’

Kelly adds, “Ever wondered what happened to the Artful Dodger? Follow the exploits of Jack Dawkins in this well-written and entertaining novel. Terry Ward’s writing style is a joy to read, with a storyline that will keep you turning pages. It’s a must read for fans of Dickens’ Oliver Twist.”

‘Jack Dawkins’ is available now:

About the Author:

Terry Ward describes himself as being a life-long bibliophile and scribbler who likes nothing better than discovering what s beyond the next hill. He has won two creative writing awards, is married, has two sons and lives in Rochester, Kent, near Gad's Hill Place, where Charles Dickens spent the last years of his life.


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