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, may be boiled along with his personal pudding, and buried with a stake of holly via his heart.'
This 12 months move 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; pass current buying with Virginia Woolf or devour a ways 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 newest Christmas Cracker has turn into as crucial part of the Christmas event as holly and mistletoe. In An English Christmas the mythical renowned historian has eventually accrued the entire top writing approximately this strangest and so much memorable time of yr into one booklet and his remarkable eye for a narrative is clear on each page.
Vividly evoking all of the good stuff concerning the festive season, this unforeseen anthology is simply as unique approximately its darker elements. 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 previous folks trust that every one animals kneel at the hours of darkness on 24 December. There are ghost tales, video games and peculiar recipes. Diary-entries, recipes and letters take a seat along poems and brief tales. An English Christmas may possibly convert any Scrooge into an quick enthusiast.
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An English Christmas by John Julius Norwich