A seasonal anthology of Christmas-themed writings to savour during the highs and lows of Christmas Day.
This delightful anthology—described in Gyles Brandreth’s introduction as “a plum pudding stuffed with good things”—offers an array of writers, both old and new, who have expressed their thoughts about Christmas with joy, nostalgia, grumpiness, and wit. Devour in one sitting, or savor at your leisure through the long winter nights.
On Christmas includes selections from Charles Dickens, William Sandys, Deborah Bull, C.S. Lewis, Saint Bonaventure, Clement A. Miles, Robert Benchley, Quentin Crisp, the Koran, Queen Victoria, Anthony Trollope, Francis Kilvert, Samuel Pepys, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Jerome K. Jerome, Edmond de Goncourt, Mrs Beeton, Kathy Lette, Paul Fournier, Anton Chekhov, Charles Dudley Warner, Sue Townsend, O. Henry, Suhel Seth, Saki, Ali Smith, William Makepeace Thackeray, Henry Lawson, Guy de Maupassant, Will Self, and P.G. Wodehouse.
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, cofounder of the Teddy Bear Museum at Newby Hall in North Yorkshire. His many books include a history of Christmas pantomime and a novel about the mystery of Santa Claus, Who Is Nick Saint?