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By John Julius Norwich

'If i'll paintings my will,' stated Scrooge indignantly, 'Every fool who is going approximately with "Merry Christmas" on his lips, could be boiled together with his personal pudding, and buried with a stake of holly via his heart.'

This yr pass carol-singing within the Cotswolds with Laurie Lee or attend church with a grumpy Samuel Pepys. Make plum puddings for bemused French villagers with Elizabeth David; move current procuring with Virginia Woolf or consume a long way an excessive amount of with Agatha Christie. have a good time Christmas at Chatsworth, within the workhouse or marooned within the ice with Shackleton ...

For the final forty-five years, the arriving of John Julius Norwich's most modern Christmas Cracker has turn into as crucial part of the Christmas event as holly and mistletoe. In An English Christmas the mythical well known historian has ultimately amassed the entire top writing approximately this strangest and such a lot memorable time of yr into one e-book and his impressive eye for a narrative is clear on each page.

Vividly evoking the entire good stuff in regards to the festive season, this unforeseen anthology is simply as enjoyable approximately its darker features. Eight-year-old Princess Margaret's thank-you checklist jostles with relocating letters domestic from the trenches. Sherlock Holmes solves his trickiest case. George Orwell writes approximately indigestion; Jane Austen approximately reluctant socialising and Thomas Hardy in regards to the outdated people trust that every one animals kneel in the dead of night on 24 December. There are ghost tales, video games and weird recipes. Diary-entries, recipes and letters take a seat along poems and brief tales. An English Christmas may well convert any Scrooge into an speedy enthusiast.

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An English Christmas

'If i may paintings my will,' stated Scrooge indignantly, 'Every fool who is going approximately with "Merry Christmas" on his lips, might be boiled together with his personal pudding, and buried with a stake of holly via his middle. 'This yr pass carol-singing within the Cotswolds with Laurie Lee or attend church with a grumpy Samuel Pepys.

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