Don’t miss the chance to read the seasonal anthology of Christmas-themed writing published by Notting Hill Editions and introduced by Gyles Brandreth. It’s the perfect book to savour during the highs and lows of Christmas Day. Offering a diverse array of classic and contemporary writers who have expressed their thoughts about Christmas over the centuries – with joy, nostalgia, grumpiness and wit. Includes selections from Dickens, Dostoevsky, P.G. Wodehouse, Kathy Lette, Ali Smith, Will Self and Queen Victoria. Devour in one sitting, or savour at your leisure through the long winter nights.
Charles Dickens has pride of place for the role he played in popularising the quintessential Christmas traditions that we all know and love. Other delights include Mrs Beeton’s description of ‘The Disposition of the Turkey’ (1861) and Ali Smith’s frustrated interpretation of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. With a wonderful introduction by Gyles Brandreth who describes Christmas as an affirmation of what we know and love, this book will have popular appeal.
Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, former MP and Government Whip, Chancellor of the University of Chester, President of the Oscar Wilde Society and, with his wife, founder of the Teddy Bear Museum at Newby Hall in North Yorkshire. A veteran of QI, Countdown, Have I Got News For You, a reporter on The One Show on BBC 1 and a regular on Radio 4’s Just a Minute, his many books include a history of Christmas traditions, a history of Christmas pantomime and a novel about the mystery of Santa Claus, Who Is Night Saint? His forebears include the Victorian journalist, George R. Sims, author of the celebrated ballad, ‘It is Christmas Day in the Workhouse’.