DICKENS WORLD IS in an outlet mall in Chatham, not far from London. Sabine read a newspaper article about it. “Sounds terrible,” I say. “Yeah,” she agrees. We take the next train to Chatham.
At the station, we ask the guy at the ticket counter for directions. He doesn’t know what we’re talking about. Luckily, Sab remembers from the article that we have to take a bus to the outlet mall: a collection of huge white hangars that could contain anything. Porn studios. Illegal immigrants from Algeria. A theme park inspired by the literary accomplishments of Charles Dickens.