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Festive Spirits: Three Christmas Stories

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The perfect Christmas gift: three festive tales from the brilliant pen of Kate Atkinson.
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published October 3rd 2019 by Doubleday
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Lindsay
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Marvellous. Short and perfectly formed.
Jenny
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first Kate Atkinson and a positive introduction. This isn't a cheery Christmas collection but I enjoyed it a lot. I particularly liked the final sorry - Small Mercies - which highlighted how lonely Christmas can be. The final line made me tear up. Highly recommended.
Ernestasia Siahaan
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I grabbed this because I had really liked Kate Atkinson’s Let Them Eat Chaos, and wanted to read more of her work.

The short stories here highlights how the festive season can actually be painful, especially when we’d gone through a hard year. It’s the time of year that often makes us contemplative - how’d I get to this point in life? Is this what I’d wanted all along?

My favorite story in this book was “Festive Spirits”, because of its mistery at the end. The other two were ok, a bit depressing
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Pooja
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice little pick me up. The last story was perfectly Christmassy.
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Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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Eileen
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christmas time seems to expose the deepest, truest, most genuine feelings harboured for anything and anyone at the moment of the year.

The stories told so true, the jokes, the humour and its truth.

Good read.
George
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Normally I like Kate Atkinson and the stories themselves are fine.

But I wouldn’t give this as a Christmas present. Except to someone that hates Christmas or that I didn’t like very much.

All very depressing.
Casey
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read the entire book in an hour - loved the first story for its sweetness, the second story for its surprise ending, and the third for its thread of hope. Atkinson is as good at short stories as she is at novels!
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Liz Maisey
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
Definitively unmemorable
Sally
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Disappointed
Michele
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
She's written better. Story 1 and 3 quite sweet. Story 2...a bit bizarre but then that's Kate Atkinson.
Passed the time.
Ken French
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Three somewhat melancholy holiday tales. I'd have expected nothing less from Kate Atkinson.
Jen
Aug 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: neeeeed
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Penny
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The first two stories were just OK for me but I did really enjoy the last one.
ammreads
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Short and quick read to ease me into the festive mood and Christmas themed books
Rachael
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
3 very different stories of lives around Christmas time. Great lines and life observations. Enjoyable tales to cherise the moment, to take stock and of hope.
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Kate Atkinson was born in York and now lives in Edinburgh. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and she has been a critically acclaimed international bestselling author ever since.

She is the author of a collection of short stories, Not the End of the World, and of the critically acclaimed novels Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Case Histories,
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