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BAR­BARA TAY­LOR BRAD­FORD OBE is one of the most suc­cess­ful nov­el­ists of all time. Her lat­est book, Mas­ter of His Fate (Harper Collins), is out on 29 No­vem­ber. In our fea­ture Com­fort & Joy (page 86), she re­calls the glit­ter­ing New York Christ­mas party she hosted for her hus­band, TV pro­ducer Robert Brad­ford, who’d had a tough and lonely wartime child­hood. “I wanted to make up for all the par­ties he never had as a boy,” she says.

Ta­nia Ed­wards is a stand-up co­me­dian and writer, who has ap­peared on TV shows such as Mock the Week and Stand Up for the Week. She re­cently sup­ported Kather­ine Ryan on her sell-out tour. Ta­nia’s worst Christ­mas (page 101) in­volved a new baby, a house move and the ter­ri­fy­ing task of host­ing the big day for the first time. She was a wo­man pos­sessed. “What I didn’t have a grip on were the Christ­mas ba­sics. I had no idea about the care­ful plan­ning that makes it all look easy…”

CE­CELIA AH­ERN is the best­selling au­thor of PS, I Love You. Pub­lished in nearly 50 coun­tries, she has sold over 25 mil­lion copies of her nov­els world­wide. Read her short story The Wo­man Who Was Swal­lowed Up by the Floor on page 224, ahead of the re­lease of Roar, a witty and re­lat­able col­lec­tion of short sto­ries. “They are a walk through my thoughts and imag­i­na­tion, a hu­mor­ous take on se­ri­ous is­sues,” says Ce­celia. “I’m burst­ing to share this body of work with my read­ers.”

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