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This is the one book that should sit squished next to the eggnog and the Christmas tchotchkes. I bought it at Hatchard's in London years ago, mostly because the cover (not the one you see here) was spare and beautiful, but I have ended up reading many of the stories in the book. This is not your typical Christmas tome: no forced march here through artificial gaiety and another recipe for fudge. The selections are divided into chapters that are as eclectic as the stories: carols, war, food, in ex ...more
Simon Rae is a British poet, broadcaster, biographer and playwright who runs the Top Edge Productions theatre company. He won the Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition in 1999 and has also been awarded an Eric Gregory Award and a Southern Arts Literature Bursary and held Royal Literary Fund fellowships at Oxford Brookes and Warwick Universities. His play Grass won a Fringe Highlight award i ...moreMore about Simon Rae...