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In the third of a series that will run for four weeks, The Book on One this week is the Charles Dickens classic, Hard Times. To mark the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth, throughout the month of September The Book on One will broadcast an archive recording of ‘Hard Times’, read by the late Conor Farrington. Set in the fictional Coketown, the novel follows the fortunes of a group of labourers and their dealings with their wealthy employers. First published in 1854, Dickens’ tenth novel, his shortest, focuses on the social and economic pressures of life in a 19thcentury mill town.