Simon Callow’s reading of John Bird’s book released

‘A year before The Big Issue, Gordon Roddick and I published Dickens The Socially Mobile Cat, a story I had written that cheekily describes a cat who is ‘transmogrified. The cat, and this is the cheeky bit, is called Dickens, and goes through some of the conditions that Dickens went through when his father was put in gaol for debt. It seems timely to raise Dickens the Socially Mobile Cat from the backlist and put it before you’.
John Bird – Founder of The Big Issue and author of Dickens the socially mobile cat.

Simon Callow and Big Issue founder, John Bird MBE, share a heart felt passion for Dickens that goes back many years. Simon generously put in a strenuous day reading the work and making it dance into life.

We are very excited to announce that the reading is now available on a triple CD. Priced at £11 (including P&P) you can order this by email via or call us on 020 7526 3200.

All the profits from the sale of the CD will be donated to The Big Issue Foundation and will help us to fund a vital new service for our vendors.

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