'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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
A Christmas book of a different flavour, an honest collection of essays from an array of people wri ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
Bill Bailey, Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman, Caitlin Moran, Meryl Streep, Emily Watson... Actors, charity w ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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....