Oprah Winfrey has decided that it is the best of times for Charles Dickens.
The TV talk show host has selected a pair of Dickens classics, 'A Tale of Two Cities' and 'Great Expectations'.
The two novels are being issued in a single bound Penguin paperback edition, around 800 pages, with a list price of $20 (€15).
The electronic version, also from Penguin, sells for $7.99 (€6). Her endorsement usually gives a big boost to book sales.
Winfrey has chosen older works before, including Leo Tolstoy’s 'Anna Karenina' and John Steinbeck’s 'East of Eden'.
Her website also recommends Dickens’ 'David Copperfield', noting it was a favourite of Tolstoy’s.