Moral prudishness pushed Thomas Hardy and George Eliot to develop more creative and thoughtful writing practices.
If you are tired of A Christmas Carol, why not try one of the few Hardy stories where all's well that ends well.
Acutely aware of class inequality and social injustice, Hardy was also a notable advocate of access to Higher Education.
BBC One's The Living and the Dead revels in the Victorians' obsession with the supernatural and the limits of science.
Dicken's great anti-hero has monopolised festive literature for too long. Here are the alternative takes on the season of goodwill that you have been missing.