The People's Friend - - News - An­gela Gilchrist, Edi­tor.

to the first of two bumper fes­tive is­sues that we’ll be pro­duc­ing for you this year. We’ve packed it full of great read­ing to keep you en­ter­tained for two weeks un­til our next bumper is­sue, dated De­cem­ber 22, goes on sale on De­cem­ber 19.

There are so many high­lights in this is­sue I hardly know where to start! It in­cludes four se­rial in­stal­ments, an amaz­ing 17 new short sto­ries and a host of fea­tures.

I must make spe­cial men­tion of our ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with vi­olin vir­tu­oso An­dre Rieu on page 44, as I know he’s a huge favourite with “Friend” read­ers. I also thor­oughly en­joyed Alex Cor­lett’s fea­ture about the clas­sic movie “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” on page 110. In­cred­i­bly, it’s 50 years since its orig­i­nal re­lease! I have very fond mem­o­ries of watch­ing this film as a lit­tle girl, though I al­ways cov­ered my eyes when the Child Catcher ap­peared.

If you’re look­ing for easy, sat­is­fy­ing meals to serve in the run-up to the big day, we have four pages of fool-proof recipes from the Dairy Di­ary on page 71. And even I am tempted to have a go at knit­ting the adorable lit­tle snow­man on page 50. I’m told he’s su­per easy to make – just as well, given my lack of skill with a pair of knit­ting nee­dles!

If you’re look­ing for some last-minute present ideas, why not con­sider giv­ing a book? On page 58 we have a se­lec­tion of some of the most Christ­massy ti­tles around that will de­light the book-lovers in your life.

Fi­nally, don’t miss Polly Pullar’s won­der­ful fea­ture about owls on page 88, which is ac­com­pa­nied by a se­lec­tion of her fab­u­lous pho­to­graphs, or our fes­tive catch-up with Emma and PAT dog Han­sie on page 40 as they spread some Christ­mas cheer.

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