Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist in Easy Reading Verse

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Oliver Twist has been a family favourite ever since Charles Dickens gave birth to his marvellous story in 1837.

Here are all the familiar cast of characters – brought to life in fun, uplifting narrative verse that moves along at a vibrant pace. From the moment of Oliver’s birth in the Workhouse, through all his adventures at the hands of Fagin and Bill Sikes until he finally finds a new life – there is never a dull moment.

The first thing that the Parish did
Was give the child a name;
They didn’t give much thought to it,
’Twas always just the same.

As long as it was not yet on
The lengthy Parish list,
Then it would do – so he was called,
First Oliver, then Twist.