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Series: Penguin classics
Publication Date: 1 Feb 2003
Subject: Adult novels
Suitable for: Secondary (Year 12, Year 13)
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The classic story about a strict father whose children become tangled up in a bank robbery and failed marriage ruining the family's reputation
Coketown is dominated by the figure of Mr Thomas Gradgrind, school owner and model of Utilitarian success. Feeding both his pupils and his family with facts, he bans fancy and wonder from young minds.
As a consequence his obedient daughter Louisa marries the loveless businessman and "bully of humility", Mr Bounderby, and his son Tom rebels to become embroiled in gambling and robbery.
And, as their fortunes cross with those of free-spirited circus girl Sissy Jupe and victimized weaver Stephen Blackpool, Gradgrind is eventually forced to recognize the value of the human heart in an age of materialism and machinery.