What the Dickens?

Stat of the day: Charles Dickens generates £280m a year for the UK economy, according to research commissioned by the BBC.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
Admittedly, it’s probably not going to solve the economic crisis, but research commissioned by the BBC in honour of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday (or, rather, the 200th anniversary since his birth) has found that the author’s work generates £280m a year for the UK economy.

It’s appropriate, really, given the amount Dickens tried to do for the poor when he was alive: after all, his books, which include A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, drew attention to the plight of the desperate.

Broken down, sales of his books make almost £3m a year, while theatre and TV adaptations bring in another £98m. Dickens tourism is another major wealth generator, with museums and exhibitions in Kent, Portsmouth and London.

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