Everyone knows Charles Dickens. He became the most popular writer of the Victorian period and remains one of the most celebrated writers of all time. He created some of English literature’s most iconic characters and his novels have never been out of print. Dickens is a national figure with an international reputation and fanbase. But Dickens was much more than a literary genius; he was a pioneering investigative journalist, an indefatigable social reform campaigner, an advocate of scientific advancement, an activist who engaged with an incredible breadth of current affairs and issues, and one of the greatest chroniclers of the Victorian period.