An English Christmas by John Julius Norwich

By John Julius Norwich

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

This yr cross 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; cross current buying with Virginia Woolf or consume some distance an excessive amount of with Agatha Christie. have fun 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 develop into as crucial part of the Christmas event as holly and mistletoe. In An English Christmas the mythical renowned historian has eventually amassed the entire most sensible writing approximately this strangest and so much memorable time of yr into one e-book and his fantastic eye for a narrative is obvious on each page.

Vividly evoking all of the good stuff concerning the festive season, this unforeseen anthology is simply as exciting approximately its darker facets. Eight-year-old Princess Margaret's thank-you record 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writes approximately indigestion; Jane Austen approximately reluctant socialising and Thomas Hardy in regards to the outdated folks trust that every one animals kneel in the dark on 24 December. There are ghost tales, video games and weird recipes. Diary-entries, recipes and letters sit down along poems and brief tales. An English Christmas might convert any Scrooge into an speedy enthusiast.

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