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Inspired by an actual court case that dragged on for more than 50 years, Dickens tale of the inheritance suit between Jarndyce and Jarndyce remains a standard metaphor for legal quagmires. The author drew upon his own experiences as a law clerk and plaintiff to enliven his satire of the English judicial system, a richly plotted tale of secrets, murder, and mystery.

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"Dickens's chilling tale of murder and betrayal" (Sunday Times)

"Kafka's favourite book, a tour de force that mixes grand scale and minutely-observed, perfectly-heard reality. Incomparable set-pieces (that opening! spontaneous combustion!) and dialogue" (James Hawes)

"I keep on reading it in order to discover how to write a novel" (John Mortimer) --John Mortimer

"Bleak House reads like an encyclopedia not only of its time and place but of us" (Elizabeth Kostova) --Elizabeth Kostova

"Bleak House is the literati's favourite Dickens. It's one of the few stories that has modern resonance: the tale of a never-ending court case can be seen -if you squint -as the precursor of Kafka and Orwell" (A.A. Gill) --A.A. Gill

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'Perhaps Bleak House is his best novel... When Dickens wrote Bleak House he had grown up' G. K. Chesterton

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