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Celebrating the launch of the Very Artful DODGER

Last night we celebrated the launch of Dodger at The House of St. Barnabas in the heart of London. Founded as a charity in 1846, the historic building now acts as an altruistic members club which supports London’s homeless by helping them back into sustainable employment.

The house and courtyard are also said to have inspired the residence of Dr. Manette and Lucy in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, making it the perfect venue for the occasion. Guests, who included Sir David Jason, AS Byatt and Michael Fenton Stevens were served pale ale from London’s St Peter’s Brewery and entertained by a Punch and Judy puppet act. Many chose to stay true to the Dickensian theme and there was a magnificent array of Victorian costume to be seen throughout the evening.

The star of the show was undoubtedly Sir Terry Pratchett himself, who arrived at the event in a suitably authentic horse drawn landau carriage with daughter Rhianna, Rob and Lynsey.

Photographs courtesy of Natalia Salminen.