Born in a workhouse in the eighteenth-century England, Oliver Twist, the novel's orphaned protagonist, spends first nine years of his life facing constant humiliation, mistreatment, and malnourishment. Yet everything changes after he flees to London, embarking on a risky adventure that will introduce him to a group of juvenile thieves, lead him to both his allies and his enemies, and, eventually, show him the truth about his roots. Now even more entertaining in this exclusive illustrated edition. Charles Dickens's second major work, Oliver Twist is not merely a children's story. This is a social novel, in which the author satirizes the society of his time. Oliver Twist sheds light on the dark consequences of the industrialism, such as the creation of the poorly managed workhouses and widely practised child labour.