When he was young, my grandfather lived in the United Kingdom
In the depression following WW1, there was no work, no food, and so his family sent him to Australia on a ship. He was 17 years old.
Every month they mailed him a book, and he sent back food parcels.
Times were tough. He longed for the 'mother country' and the books were his link back to those times past.
This is the Charles Dickens collection (hence the title of the photo).
I have photographed the books with the light from an oil lamp from the same era, creating what my grandfather may have experienced when reading.