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Last Christmas

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  756 ratings  ·  104 reviews

'The perfect gift for anyone who loves all things Christmas ... it's a festive gem' Woman & Home

The perfect gift book, featuring the writing of Meryl Streep, Bill Bailey, Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman, Caitlin Moran, Richard Ayoade, Emily Watson and others, to coincide with the upcoming movie Last Christmas, starring Emma Thompson, Emilia

Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published October 31st 2019 by Quercus
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Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Christmas. There, I’ve said it and I’ll get that out of the way! However, what is it that I love? The sparkliness? Yes. The presents? Well, I guess so, I mean, I wouldn’t turn down a carefully chosen gift from Tiffany for example. Mulled wine and a mince pie? Yes to the mulled wine but let me check your pastry prowess out before I bite. The main thing it means to me and to so many others, is being together with those you love and like. Christmas past was racing through whichever house we ...more
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3.5 stars

Curated and introduced by Greg Wise and his wife, Dame Emma Thompson, Last Christmas is a poignant collection of over fifty separate personal bite sized essays, revolving around the theme of Christmas. A companion text to the recent feature film Last Christmas starring Emila Clarke, this touching book would make a great personal gift this yuletide season.

Last Christmas affords readers with an opportunity to reflect on Christmas memories from the pas
Amanda Bannister
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some touching and tough tales of what Christmas means to people or their memories. My heart ached at times.....very moving.
Laura Rash
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very eclectic collection of Christmas stories. Some will warm your hearts and others really get you thinking. Something for everyone here! Thanks to Mobius books for this review copy:)
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion this is the perfect book for reading over Christmas. Filled with short essays, each a few pages long it was so easy to pick up and read a couple every time I had a spare 10 minutes! 

It is a collection of essays based around Christmas memories and hopes for the future. Some written by well known names such as Meryl Streep, Stephen Fry and Olivia Coleman, some written by homeless people, refugees and Crisis volunteers. I found them all absolutely fascinating.

It was so interesting to
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the most perfect short Christmas read with such an important message behind it. The celebrities Christmas' stories were great but, even more special were the stories from volunteers, the homeless and refugees. This is a book to remind you what Christmas is really about, amongst all the commercial trappings of this scary modern world.

“I realise now, the character in the Christmas story we should all aspire to be is the star in the sky that shines so brightly and hopefully – that someone
Clair Sharpe
I prefer to read non-fiction alongside fiction as a rule, but this collection was just lovely and I was able to read it as if it were a novel. Best read in the Christmas period, it is a lovely mix of memories, all written in people’s own words describing past Christmas’s and hopes for future ones.
I have a difficult relationship with Christmas, having lost of mum to cancer 5 years ago during the festive period. Add to that my boys are growing up and are harder to surprise with presents and I just
Laura Pickett
I think the most stand out stories for me were the ones by Caitlin Moran and Emilia Clarke.
Chris C
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an eclectic range of essays detailing Christmas memories from a diverse group of people who give their respective accounts of being refugees/homeless/struggling with mental health issues or dealing with broken families, among other, fluffier, pieces.

Some stories are more light-hearted than others and definitely balance well against the darker stories in the collection. Although, it's the darker stories that, inevitably, hit harder than the others.

It's so easy to be aware of the people w
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As soon as I knew about the existence of this book, I knew I had to have it. I mean, a collection with contributions of Caitlin Moran, Stephen Fry, Emilia Clark, Graham Norton and so many others all about Christmas? I also really enjoyed the movie that this book is accompanying. So, I mean, it almost seems as if this was made for me.

I did enjoy reading this book and I loved the message that was conveyed by most contributors. Especially the essays of former homeless people and refugees were very
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely collection of short stories. I read couple of them almost every day since I started on Christmas Eve. The recurring message that resonated with me is that spending time with loved ones is truly the best gift of all.
Lucy Eva
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible insight into people both well known and charity volunteers versions of Christmas. So many different points of view from different and often surprising backgrounds. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, definitely a read I didn't know I needed. It would make a great gift! ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"But there must be something more to all this than just marketing and merchandise. For all the differences of our time which pull people apart, something about Christmas now seems to bring us together. As one of the most sacred days in the Christian calendar seeps into other cultures’ diaries as a special date, it calls on us to consider just what makes it so powerful for so many around the world.”

A Christmas book of a different flavour, an honest collection of essays from an array of people wri
Linda Hill
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fifty-one Christmas related pieces.

I was initially taken aback by Last Christmas because I was expecting fiction and hadn’t quite anticipated the eclectic and wide ranging factual and memoir pieces that actually make up this collection.

There’s something for every reader in Last Christmas. Reading it over several days, I found myself drawn to more secular than religious linked pieces, but I thoroughly enjoyed, or perhaps appreciated is a better word, the entire book.

Although many of the entries h
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A MUST HAVE for Christmas, I absolutely adored this book! @quercusbooks #gifted
A beautiful mix of heart-wrenching, heart-warming and humorous, it’s the perfect read this Christmas that serves as a beautiful reminder of what Christmas is- different for everyone! Not only does it include beautiful memories of the past, it also includes hopes for future Christmases to come as well as an insight into its meaning and sentiment to individuals from ALL walks of life. I loved that every aspect of human
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful Holiday read! I enjoyed this more than the usual Christmas romance stories that seem to take up all the space on Christmas reading lists.

This book is a collection of memories and stories written by many people - from famous names instantly recognized to refugees and immigrants to the "ordinary" person. I loved the perspectives on what Christmas is and means to people.
Lou Robinson
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Collection of Christmas memories and thoughts, edited by Greg Wise and Emma Thompson to go alongside their film Last Christmas out this year. Thought provoking (haven’t seen the film though).
Patrick O'Donoghue
I’m bumping this to the top of the review pile considering the subject! ‘Last Christmas’ is a collection of Christmas memories, curated by Emma Thompson and Greg Wise. In it, various celebrities, Crisis volunteers, refugees, and formerly homeless people share their thoughts, hopes, and memories of Christmas.
I read this book from start to finish yesterday, cosied up in my chair next to our Christmas tree, and the overwhelming feeling I got while reading it was gratitude. While there
Remy Sharp
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Many, many personal stories of Christmas, perfect for Christmas time reading even if most carry the same message: family.

I like to read a feel-good-christmas-theme book around this time and having just watched Last Christmas the movie it appeared that this book was released in relation and in aid of raising money for Crisis.

There's many very short, almost blog post in length, stories from different people ranging from well known from movies to doctors to support workers - all of which are lovely
Jodie Matthews
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last Christmas - curated and introduced by Emma Thompson and Greg Wise, published by @quercusbooks
I was kindly gifted a digital copy through Quercus and @netgalley in exchange for a review.

Last Christmas is available now, and 25p from each copy will be donated to @crisis_uk and the Refugee Council. Less importantly, the hardback book is GORGEOUS and would make a wonderful gift.
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Bill Bailey, Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman, Caitlin Moran, Meryl Streep, Emily Watson... Actors, charity w
Denise Hale
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Short Christmas remeniscences from a variety of people

I like Christmas and, in the lead up to Christmas Day, I like watching Christmas films and reading Christmas stories. 'Last Christmas' was originally a song written by the late George Michael and performed by Wham in the 80s. Over the years it has become a Christmas classic. It was Emma Thompson and Greg Wise's inspiration when writing the plotline for a film of the same title. The film started Emila Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson. T
Steven Norrie
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A lovely little book which is a great read for the Holiday season. It casts a much needed spotlight on the true value and meaning of Christmas, and is at times very moving, bordering on the gently traumatic. The style and quality of writing naturally varies, but it is gratifying that the collection of stories, annecdotes and memories is not overly saccharine - there are stories of waring families, disappointments, loss and also redemption. It is also very interesting to get an insight into the e ...more
I am thankful that the proceeds go to a wonderful cause! But, I guess I had a misconception of what this book was actually about. Seeing the previews of the movie, I was so excited, and wanted to read it. And, I thought is was written, by Emma Thompson which had me overly-pumped, because I love her!(She does have a story in the book). I can say that the different views, and opinions about each person's Christmas memories were interesting though. But, I did feel a lot of the stories teetered on d ...more
Reuben Thomas
As always with anthologies, of course the contributions are a mixed bag, and there are some I liked more than others. But when I’ve read ones likes this before that are sort of personal essays on a social issue, it’s largely been an experience of ‘ok this makes me sad or angry or whatever but then there’s a call to action or something hopeful or something’ and things have been entertaining or interesting or educational and in general they’ve just *had a purpose*. This however isn’t hitting that ...more
This book is a fascinating read, stories from all over the world, not just Britain, of different cultures and countries and what Christmas means to them. Some stories made me smile and others made me cry. These stories are by well-known celebrities but also people involved with the homeless charity Crisis or refugees.

Such a heart-warming and inspiring book with a clear message that Christmas is for people, whoever they are, reach out, care for each other and help reach other. I've put post-its i
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of essays about memories from several people's Christmases past. The stories, some happy and some sad, were all honest about how this time of year can be really difficult for so many people & for so many different reasons. This book not only made me nostalgic for the Christmases of my own youth, but really got me thinking about how I want to spend my future Christmases. I feel like so many of us become disillusioned with the holidays as we get older, and holiday cheer can be ...more
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
If, like me, you cry at anything and everything, you will need tissues and a nice cup of tea at the ready while you read this.

Christmas is my happiest time of year, and some of these stories perfectly articulate that sense of magic and joy I feel. It’s also given me greater appreciation of how different cultures approach Christmas, and how hard it can be for a multitude of reasons.

Some of the stories resonated with me more than others, but that’s to be expected in such an eclectic anthology. I
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
A difficult collection to review. It left me feeling a bit glum instead of festive. That's not to say these were all depressing stories of miserable or difficult Christmases, but it veered more to the bleak to the joyous. I did appreciate reading stories of those who have suffered difficult times through homelessness, being a refugee etc, but I was hoping for more amusing stories along the way too. Maybe 2020 was the wrong year to read this kind of collection! Rather than the stories be alphabet ...more
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Found it a pleasant festive read despite Christmas not feeling or being the same this year due to the pandemic. Also enjoyed that my dad was reading this book the same time as me so we could talk about it. A collection of stories on what Christmas means to people and their memories either from celebrities, refugees or people who volunteer at crisis. Some are sad and some are happy, some individuals enjoy Christmas whilst others do not. Makes the reader remember the real importance of Christmas o ...more
D. Ann
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not What I had In Mind...

This collection was at times sad and cynical, inspiring and heartbreaking. Not a lot of traditional holiday magic here. But stories...personal, real and not always dressed up for the holidays. Maybe the magic is in the strength it takes to share a Christmas that is not dolled up with bows and baubles. I guess I was thinking "Currier and Ives" or The Fireside Book of Christmas....
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