Hard Times Readalong
We’re reading Charles Dickens’ Hard Times in its original weekly format, from the 1 April to the 12th August 2020. Each instalment is online and free, so come join us!
How it works
Dickens originally published his novels in instalments. Hard Times was published in 20 weekly parts in Dickens’s journal Household Words from 1 April to 12 August 1854. In 2020 we are going to follow the original publication dates, and share our views as the story unfolds.
You can read each instalment – only when the ‘publication’ date arrives, at Dickens Journals Online – the first instalment is here ready for you to read on 1 April – and you can find all the instalments listed as thumbnails to click on here. I’ll also share a link to each new instalment week by week, and if you’re reading from a paper copy, I will send instructions on which chapters to read too – the first instalment is chapters 1,2 and 3.
Each Wednesday I’ll set up a new post here where you can share your comments on the story. What do you find interesting? What bits do you want to know more about? And what do you think might happen next?
1. Everyone is welcome. It doesn’t matter if you’re a scholar, an avid reader, or if this is your first Dickens novel – all opinions are valid. The aim of the group is to explore the text together and recapture the sense of that first audience reading this story as it unfolds.
2. Keep it polite people!
3. No spoilers! Many people here will be reading the story for the first time. And no peeking ahead at the next week’s instalments either!
It’s never too late to join in! To begin, just click on ‘Blog’ then scroll down to ‘Week 1 (1 April: Facts, facts, facts)‘