Invitation to the Drood readalong

We are offering a warm invitation to one and all to join us in a Drood readalong as we countdown to the opening of the Drood Inquiry.

Dickens originally published The Mystery of Edwin Drood, like all of his novels, in instalments. Thanks to the generosity of the University of Aberdeen, The Drood Inquiry now have digital scans of all six instalments which we will be sharing each month from April to September to mimic their first release back in 1870. It’s a rare opportunity to see Dickens’s story in its original format, even down to the monthly adverts, and truly get a feel for what it might have been like to first read it 144 years ago.

Meanwhile, over here at Cloisterham Tales we’ll be posting regular blogs, and inviting comments from readers as the story develops, to see how our perception of the story and characters is affected by the monthly structure (so for those who have read it before, please remember: no spoilers!). There will also be posts along the way to give a fuller picture of the context of Drood and its early reception.There really is no better way to understanding the book.

So whether you’ve never read it, or think you know it backwards (Doord Niwde fo Yretsym Eht), please join us, one and all, both here and at from 1 April 2014 as we travel the streets of Cloisterham in the company of Master Edwin Drood and friends.


About Pete Orford

I'm an English lecturer at the University of Buckingham, with a research background in both Dickens and Shakespeare; I am also a father of three, with a research background in dinosaurs and moshi monsters. I'm Chief Investigator for The Drood Inquiry (
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6 Responses to Invitation to the Drood readalong

  1. Pete Orford says:

    Reblogged this on Collins No Name Reading Project and commented:

    For those of you looking for further adventures in nineteenth-century reading by instalment, can I recommend the following?

  2. calmgrove says:

    Reblogged this on calmgrove and commented:
    The perfect excuse to read or re-read (or, in my case, to try again to read) The Mystery of Edwin Drood, now within an imaginative format.

  3. simon682 says:

    About time I had a go at Edwin Drood. Count me in.

  4. Pete Orford says:

    Welcome aboard to you both! I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts and first impressions as we read through the story.

  5. Sven Karsten says:

    Really nice website! My congratulations!

  6. Pete Orford says:

    Thanks Sven! Mind, this is just the beginning – we’re going to be adding a lot more content between now and September…

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