Charles Dickens began his writing career as a journalist. I personally can always tell a journalist's writings simply because they are such good writers! Even if they go on to write novels, they never lose that mantra which was written by Rudyard Kipling but which all good journalists follow:
"I keep six serving men,
they taught me all I knew,
their names are what and where and when
and how and why and who".
Many of his novels were written in serialized form and I have read that crowds of people would wait at the docks in NYC and Boston for the next installments to come in by ship from England. These books were meant to be read aloud. On Feb. 9, 1858, Charles Dickens gave a reading from "A Christmas Carol" at St. Martin-In-The Fields Church hall to raise money for the then struggling Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Not only was this a great success and raised a good deal of money but it also brought much needed attention to the hospital so they were able to buy more property and the hospital was doubled in size.
"Without his commitment, there may not have been a Great Ormond Street Hospital, filled with descendants of those first patients".
I would like to think that Charles Dickens would appreciate Chas and Dave. He seemed to enjoy good times.