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The Life and Times of Bob Cratchit

A Background Story to Charles Dickens'

A Christmas Carol

 The Life and Times of Bob Cratchit is a fascinating, heartwarming background tale of Robert (Bob) Cratchit, Scrooge’s clerk as we knew him in the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.

This rousing dramatic back story follows Robert from his childhood youth in Bristol, England—raised (along with his sister Lizzy) by his father, Peter, a coal miner with intriguing insight and wisdom, and his plucky, persevering mother, Becky—into his adult life, chronicling his development into the man his father inspired him to be. As he grows through a life of poverty and hardship, he puts to practice the lessons learned from his youth to become a man who both the wealthy and the impoverished of Victorian-era London hold in high regard.

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“A wonderfully touching story with rich spiritual and moral insights, as it delves deeply into the life of this beloved Dickens' character."
Dr. Charles Gattis, Senior Minister, Trinity United Methodist Church, Ret.

“By the end of the first paragraph, I had been drawn in. By the end of the first page, I felt I knew the characters and could experience the world in which they lived. This story both lifts your spirits and stirs your emotions, while instantly transporting you to Dickens' England.”
Dr. Jeffery Rowe, Researcher at University of Alabama, Huntsville

"The Life and Times of Bob Cratchit is an excellent story that brings to life a character who we barely knew... until now.
It has a compelling sequence of events that makes you eager to see the next page.
I certainly would retain this book for future reading, right alongside Dickens' A Christmas Carol."
Professor Emeritus Lyle Back, University of Kentucky

"When I started reading The Life and Times of Bob Cratchit, I felt I was reading a book written by Dickens himself. The tone and quality is equal to the original, and the story is inspiring."
Krystin Rowe

“I was amazed at how the story line drew me into A Christmas Carol. Dixie's book was extremely enjoyable and clarified my appreciation for Charles Dickens, while inviting me into Bob Cratchit's fascinating family life.”
Brynn Morris, R.N.

“I have read this book three times now, and the last was read aloud to my husband and daughter. They love the realism and emotion of the story as much as I do. We all agree that this book has become a part of our Christmas tradition.”

Michelle Tovar, Research Biologist, University of Alabama, Huntsville

"I am amazed at Dixie's ability to capture the flavor, spirit and period of time used by Charles Dickens when writing A Christmas Carol. The Life and Times of Bob Cratchit is a novel idea, as well as a delightful and heartwarming story."
Rolly L. Randall

"Given such an excellent style of writing, my reading of The Life and Times of Bob Cratchit has been so enjoyable. Its fascinating story portrays Cratchit’s strength of character and incorporates wonderful lessons of moral integrity. I believe this has the qualities necessary to make it a beloved classic. "
Adorel C. Randall

"I thoroughly enjoy the author’s fresh, fully engaging approach to a story so closely related to A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens himself would be pleased."
Terry Jiulianti, Accountant, University of Kentucky

"A thought provoking way to look at how Dickens' Bob Cratchit character came to be the man he was. A delightful addition to the classic, A Christmas Carol."

Juliann Burks

"The genealogist in me is always intrigued by the stories of how people became the persons we know. When an author can bring fictional people to life, it intrigues me all the more. Dixie Distler does this well in THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BOB CRATCHIT. I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as I did."

Don McAllister, Author, Angel and The Ivory Tower

"The Life and Times of Bob Cratchit is a wonderful balance between classic characters and a timeless message. I feel like I'm reading a Charles Dickens prequel!"
Angela Jackman