Hark, The Biography of Christmas, Paul Kerensa
Well if Miranda Hart calls it “The perfect stocking filler” then it simply must be on our list. Guildford comedian Paul Kerensa takes a delightful sleigh ride through Christmas history, answering all the festive questions you never thought to ask: Did Cromwell help shape the mince pie? Was St Nicholas the first to use an automatic door? Which classic Christmas crooners were inspired by a Hollywood heatwave? Did King Herod really have a wife called Doris? From Roman revelry to singing Bing, via Santa, Scrooge and a snoozing saviour, this timeless tale is perfect trivia fodder for the Christmas dinner table. Paul will be giving a talk based on the book at Woking Library on Tuesday, December 4. Tickets cost £5. Visit: eventbrite.co.uk/d/ united-kingdom--guildford/paulkerensa.
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