Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic. Barnaby Rudge is a story of mystery and suspense which begins with an unsolved double murder. Barnaby Rudge is a young innocent simpleton who is devoted to his talkative raven, Grip. When he gets caught up in the mayhem of the Gordon riots and a mysterious unsolved murder, his life is put in jeopardy. And, as London erupts into riot, Barnaby himself struggles to escape the curse of his own past. Barnaby Rudge is a powerful, disturbing blend of historical realism and Gothic melodrama, it is a tale of treachery, forbidden love, abduction and the dangerous power of the mob.