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On Christ­mas: A Sea­sonal An­thol­ogy is the per­fect Christ­mas cor­nu­copia in a de­light­fully com­pact pack­age! This slim-but-sat­is­fy­ing col­lec­tion is, as Gyles Bran­dreth writes in his ap­peal­ing in­tro­duc­tion, a ver­i­ta­ble “plum pud­ding stuffed with good things”; a book made to be de­voured in one sit­ting, and re­vis­ited often. The sto­ries in On Christ­mas are di­verse; writ­ers old and new of­fer their takes on Christ­mas tra­di­tions with req­ui­site joy, nostal­gia, grumpi­ness, and wit. Pub­lished to great ac­claim in the UK dur­ing last year’s hol­i­day sea­son, On Christ­mas is now avail­able in the US. On Christ­mas in­cludes se­lec­tions by Charles Dick­ens, C.S. Lewis, Robert Bench­ley, Quentin Crisp, Queen Vic­to­ria, An­thony Trol­lope, Dos­to­evsky, Mrs. Bee­ton, Chekhov, O. Henry, Suhel Seth, William Make­peace Thack­eray, Guy de Mau­pas­sant, and Will Self, among oth­ers. “This com­pact lit­tle book, hand­somely pro­duced, in­cludes some en­ter­pris­ing choices, rang­ing from the Ko­ran to Ali Smith, and con­clud­ing with an es­say by P.G. Wode­house, “Just What I Wanted,” that was pub­lished in Van­ity Fair in 1915 but re­mains per­fectly ap­po­site to­day.” —“The Best Christ­mas Books of 2017,” Evening Stan­dard (UK) “One of the best stock­ing-filler books of 2017.” —The Guardian (UK)

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