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Great granddaughter to Charles Dickens, Monica (1915-1992) was born into an upper middle class family. Disillusioned with the world she was brought up in - she was expelled from St Paul’s Girls School in London for throwing her school uniform over Hammersmith Bridge - Dickens then decided to go into service, despite coming from the privileged class; her experiences as a cook and general servant would form the nucleus of her first book, One Pair Of Hands in 1939. Dickens married an American Navy officer, Roy O. Stratton, and spent much of her adult life in Massachusetts and Washington D.C., but the majority of writing continued to be set in Britain. Her book of 1953, No More Meadows, reflected her work with the NSPCC and she later helped to found the American Samaritans in Massachusetts. Between 1970 and 1971 she wrote a series of children’s books known as The Worlds End Series which dealt with rescuing animals, and to some extent children. After the death of her husband in 1985, Dickens returned to England where she continued to write until her death aged 77.
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By Eliza on 11-14-14
What would have made Man Overboard better?
Monica Dickens's books are usually enjoyable - light, funny, often moving. Man Overboard was quite simply dreadful. I couldn't engage with any of the characters and found the story quite pointless. And the narration was, quite simply, dreadful - more suited to a Famous Five story than a theoretically adult book. The wrong words were inflected in the reading, many were mispronounced, the "females" sounded like John Cleese playing a woman, and the whole thing was delivered in a breathless rush. A sad disappointment.
By Ann on 05-08-14
Dickens at Her Best.
Would you listen to Man Overboard again? Why?
After finishing reading this I immediately read it again. I didn't want to lose the characters
who had become my friends. It is years since I last read a Monica Dickens novel and I had forgotten how great she was, This story is vastly entertaining, amusing and yet serious.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Man Overboard?
Ben learning how to become a 'demon salesman'
What about Sandro Monetti’s performance did you like?
Performance was very good. Perfect for this story and his talent for different voices is
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Keep on rowing Commander!