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History & The Arts 

Behind The Reputation

In this interactive, you’ll uncover the real people behind the icons. Does the reality of the life of Van Gogh, Queen Elizabeth I and Charles Dickens match up with their reputation?

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Charles Dickens and the dinosaurs

How was Charles Dickens influenced by Victorian interest in dinosaurs? John C Murray explores how Dickens might have been shaped by the work of Richard Owen in this review of Gowan Dawson's Dickens, Dinosaurs, and Design in Victorian Literature and Culture 44.4

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Charles Dickens: Celebrity Author

Over 200 years since he was born Charles Dickens remains a literary icon. In fact, he was one of the first superstars - discover how he cultivated his work into a cult of personality.

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How do you spot a stroke - and what should you do?

If a stroke is suspected, you need to act FAST. Here's why - and what you should do.

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Download free eBook guides to famous literary works

Exclusive to OpenLearn, OU experts have created guides to introduce some key works of fiction for you to download and read on your prefered device. Inspired by the BBC Four series The Secret Life of Books.

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History of reading: An introduction to reading in the past

This free course, History of reading: An introduction to reading in the past, consists of a series of essays, drawn from material contained in the Reading Experience Database, that illustrate different aspects of reading in Britain during the period from 1450 to 1945. These essays are designed for you as the reader to dip in and dip out, allowing you to pick which essays best suits your purpose.

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TV, Radio & Events 

The Secret Life of Books: The episodes

Lose yourself in the plot of each episode from the BBC Four series The Secret Life of Books.

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The Secret Life of Books: Great Expectations

Ex-Eastenders screenwriter Tony Jordan swaps one miserable storyline for another when he delves into one of Dickens' greatest works, Great Expectations. 

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We make the cities, and the city makes us

As Phoenix grows a square mile a day, Eastern European cities are knocking down unwanted housing. Our relationship with cities is increasingly complex...

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Security and the city

The development of cities has always been a story of the growth of insecurity

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Re-inventing childhood

Each generation remakes the meaning of being young. Hugh Cunningham explores some of these childhood inventions.

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A reader's guide to Great Expectations

Charles Dickens' classic 1861 novel Great Expectations explores the social classes of the Georgian era.

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