Christmas with Jeanette Winterson and Ruth Padel
A stocking crammed full of goodness this month with a Books of the Year chat with Jen Campbell; Ruth Padel on her new collection, Tidings, and Jeanette Winterson on why she loves Christmas and some of the stories behind her new book Christmas Days. This is just part one; part two arrives before the new year to tell you all about the books we’re looking forward to in 2017.
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Jeanette Winterson – Christmas Days
‘Packed with charm and beautifully illustrated, it’s a book that will solve your gift dilemmas and let you escape the less salubrious aspects of Christmas for a literary wonderland’Stylist
Everybody loves a Christmas story. The tradition of the Twelve Days of Christmas is a tradition of celebration, sharing and giving. And what better way to do that than with a story?
Read these stories by the fire, in the snow, travelling home for the holidays. Give them to friends, wrap them up for someone you love, read them aloud, read them alone, read them together. Enjoy the season of peace and goodwill, mystery, and a little bit of magic.
There are ghosts here and jovial spirits. Chances at love and tricks with time.
There is frost and icicles, mistletoe and sledges. There’s a cat and a dog and a solid silver frog. There’s a Christmas cracker with a surprising gift inside.
There’s a haunted house and a SnowMama. There are Yuletides and holly wreaths. Three Kings. And a merry little Christmas time.
And for the icing on the Christmas cake, there are twelve festive recipes from Yuletides past and present. Red cabbage, gravlax, turkey biryani, sherry trifle, Mrs Winterson’s mince pies and more.
Ruth Padel – Tidings
‘Come with me
to St Pancras Old Church, on a little London hill…’
It’s Christmas Eve and on this enchanted night Charoum, the Angel of Silence, can speak. As night turns to day, he unfolds a resonant story of a little girl, a homeless man and a fox…
In the tradition of Charles Dickens and Dylan Thomas,Tidingstakes us on a journey into the heart of Christmas, showing us celebrations down the ages and across the globe – as dawn sweeps from East Australia to Bethlehem, from London to the Statue of Liberty in New York.
This is Christmas in all its magic, reminding us that it is a time not only of good tidings, but of loneliness and longing, compassion and connection.
Beautifully illustrated and exquisitely musical,Tidingsis a poem to be read out loud and cherished.
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