By John Julius Norwich
'If i may 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 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; move current buying with Virginia Woolf or devour 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 coming of John Julius Norwich's most recent 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 collected the entire most sensible writing approximately this strangest and such a lot memorable time of yr into one publication and his exceptional eye for a narrative is clear on each page.
Vividly evoking all of the great things 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writes approximately indigestion; Jane Austen approximately reluctant socialising and Thomas Hardy in regards to the outdated people trust that each one animals kneel at the hours of darkness on 24 December.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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