Introduced by Sue Bradbury
No matter how far from home, or what the circumstances, the 25th of December is not a date we pass unmarked. This anthology contains over 90 stories of Christmases spent away from home
Introduced by Sue Bradbury.
Bound in three-quarter cloth with paper sides, printed and blocked with a design by Paul Slater.
Set in Bulmer. 304 pages.
15 full-page colour illustrations by Paul Slater.
Book size: 9½" x 6½"
Folio Anthology of Over 90 Stories
No matter how far from home, or what the circumstances, the 25th of December is not a date we pass unmarked. This anthology contains over 90 stories of Christmases spent away from home - sometimes in a far-flung corner of the globe, sometimes simply 'elsewhere' - written by people as diverse as Noel Coward and Rommel, Paul Theroux and Truman Capote. By turns comically and poignantly, travellers describe strange, glittering festivals or try to recreate a touch of home in a foreign land.
Facing the crowds for Christmas shopping, we may dream of a foreign Christmas, but it seems travellers miss certain rituals: a plum pudding was eaten by Captain Scott on his way to the South Pole, and another was just as solemnly consumed in the oppressive heat of the Australian outback. During the Siege of Paris in 1870 food was scarce, so while Henri Dabot had 'a big house-sparrow' for his Christmas lunch, one lucky man obtained camel meat to share with his friends. In such times of extremis, Christmas can be a beacon of hope, however feebly lit - during the First World War, a chaplain raised morale with a menu of Poisson Pilchard dans la Boîte and Bulle au Boeuf, more usually known as tinned pilchards and Bully beef.
Endlessly fascinating, this collection of anecdotes, stories and travelogues takes us from lonely mountain-sides to a neon advert in Tokyo announcing 'Uncle Chimney'. Anthologies are often enjoyed as books to dip into, but this one is compulsive reading from cover to cover, which might spell trouble for those who find themselves unable to put it down during their own Christmas at home...
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