Classics Club Spin #19: The Result

The result of the latest Classics Club Spin has been revealed today!

The idea of the Spin was to list twenty books from my Classics Club list, number them 1 to 20, and the number announced today (Tuesday) represents the book I have to read before 31st January 2019. The number that has been selected is…


And this means the book I need to read is…

Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens

To Paul Dombey, business is all and money can do anything. He runs his family life as he runs his firm: coldly, calculatingly and commercially. The only person he cares for is his frail son, grooming him for entry into the family business; his daughter Florence, abandoned and ignored, craves affection from her unloving father, who sees her only as a ‘base coin that couldn’t be invested’. As Dombey’s callousness extends to others – from his defiant second wife Edith, to Florence’s admirer Walter Gay – he sows the seeds of his own destruction. Can this heartless businessman be redeemed?

A compelling depiction of a man imprisoned by his own pride, Dombey and Son explores the devastating effects of emotional deprivation on a dysfunctional family and on society as a whole.


I’m glad I have until the end of January to read this book, as it was probably the longest on my list! I’m happy with this result as it’s been a while since I read any Dickens, but I was hoping for Nicholas Nickleby rather than this one.

Have you read Dombey and Son? Did you take part in the Classics Spin? What will you be reading?

34 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #19: The Result

  1. piningforthewest says:

    I’ll be reading The Earth by Emile Zola. I hope you enjoy the Dickens, he’s an author I just don’t fancy reading.

    • Helen says:

      This will be my first attempt at reading Dombey and Son, so I hope I don’t find it too hard to get into. Usually I love Dickens, but I’ve struggled with one or two of his books.

  2. Abby says:

    As you are an admirer of The Doctor’s Wife, enough to name your blog after it, you should probably have already read this.Remember?

    • Helen says:

      There are a lot of books I probably should have read by now, but finding time for them all is a problem. I do remember Isabel in The Doctor’s Wife and her references to Edith Dombey.

  3. Carmen says:

    If you are not happy with the pick, can you exchange it for the other Dickens you do want to read? I mean, you would be exchanging Dickens for Dickens, right?. 🙂 Enjoy either way. Happy reading! 🙂

    • Helen says:

      Thank you! I probably could exchange them if I wanted to, but I would be reading both books eventually anyway so I think I’ll just stick with Dombey for now. 🙂

  4. Ruthiella says:

    I am a huge Dickens fan-girl but haven’t read Dombey and Son yet. I thought Nicholas Nickleby was fabulous, however as encouragement for when you do get to it! But any Dickens is worth reading in my book!

    • Helen says:

      I’ll be reading Dombey and Son first, but it’s good to know that I can look forward to Nicholas Nickleby too. I’ve enjoyed most of the Dickens novels I’ve read so far.

  5. Elle says:

    I really like Dombey and Son; Florence is a pain in the ass but on the whole it’s a very moving book, and the first page is probably next after Bleak House and Great Expectations in terms of best Dickens openers.

    • Helen says:

      I haven’t seen or listened to any adaptations, so the story will be completely new to me. Hopefully I’ll enjoy it and can tempt you to read your copy too. 🙂

  6. buriedinprint says:

    That is a long one! I can’t remember if it’s on my shelves as a TBR but something tells me it is. I’ll have a look and let you know!

  7. jessicabookworm says:

    Helen, I am pleased you got a Dickens for the lead up to Christmas, even if it wasn’t the one your really wanted. I really hope you enjoy it – it is not one I have thought of tackling myself. Instead I am very pleased that I will be re-reading the wonderful Emma by Jane Austen.

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