This is the 200th birth anniversary of the man who gave us Ebeneezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Pip, Oliver Twist and oh! so many more characters. He was clearly the first ever globally celebrated author. “You only have to look around our society and everything he wrote about in the 1840s is still relevant,” said Dickens' biographer,Claire Tomalin. “The great gulf between the rich and poor, corrupt financiers, corrupt Members of parliament ... You name it, he said it.” His writings clearly project his compassion for the poor and his great mistrust of the rich. Dickens was the son of the navy pay clerk and was born in 1812.