I bought this small paperback edition of The Signalman with a voucher I received for Christmas because, not only did the stunning cover design appeal to me, but I am sure I read this at some point in school, as well as watching an adaptation, but I didn’t remember too much about it and wanted to re-experience it.
This book consists of the introduction by Simon Bradley, The Signalman and The Boy at Mugby.
The introduction gave the real-life story behind the title piece and made an effort to make sure nothing was spoiled for the reader, which I appreciate.
The Signalman was everything you want in a short ghost story; it was atmospheric and used very few characters to tell a spooky tale that deserves to be a classic.
The Boy at Mugby was an entertaining satire on customer service that, though difficult to understand at points, was funny and still relevant today.
Overall this is a great little collection of Dickens’ work and would be a good taster for anyone new to this author or a must-read for any Dickens fan that hasn’t read it yet.
4 out of 5 stars!