Today marks the 175th anniversary of the publication of A Christmas Carol in 1843. It was so popular that, by Christmas Day, six days later, the first edition was sold out.
After Scrooge’s story was such a hit at Christmas 1843, Dickens realised he was on to a good thing. From 1845 to 1848, he wrote three more Christmas works: The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man.
None was as big a hit as A Christmas Carol – which only goes to show what a perfectly pitched story it is.