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  • 368 pages
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  • 6 x 9 inches
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Lesser Expectations
Charles Dickens’ Son in North America by


Frank Dickens was an errant son of the great author, Charles. In the eyes of his despairing father he was a youth of little promise, and was effectively banished to serve as a police officer at a post in Bengal. Upon returning to England after his father’s death, Frank’s sisters urged him to join with the fledgling North-West Mounted Police in Canada. In his fact-based novel Lesser Expectations, Vic Parsons explores the relationship between a famous father and a less-talented child, set against the events of a tumultuous period in the history of Canada’s West.


Vic Parsons Author

Vic Parsons is the author of two critically acclaimed non fiction books. In this, his first novel, he indulges his passion for history, particularly his interest in the story of Francis Dickens of the Canadian Northwest Mounted Police during the 1885 rebellion. Parsons, who worked with national news organizations for 30 years, is retired and living in Victoria, British Columbia.


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