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 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 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 coming of John Julius Norwich's most up-to-date 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 accumulated the entire most sensible writing approximately this strangest and so much memorable time of yr into one booklet and his wonderful 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 wonderful approximately its darker elements. 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writes approximately indigestion; Jane Austen approximately reluctant socialising and Thomas Hardy concerning the outdated folks trust that each one animals kneel at nighttime on 24 December.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 may well convert any Scrooge into an speedy enthusiast.

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