vintage christmas books

A Vintage Christmas 

Petty jealousies, mournful reminiscences, family feuds, inequalities and injustices, fakery and excess and shopping - our best writers have seen it all and written it down, capturing along the way what abides that is good and true in the festive season, and what real magic can be found. With stories from Charles Dickens, Alice Munro, Louis de Bernieres, Laurie Lee, Arthur Conan Doyle, Raymond Carver and Stella Gibbons, A Vintage Christmas brings together some of the best writing about Christmas into one beautifully designed, small hardback. This new addition to our VINTAGE Minis series makes for perfect Christmas Eve reading.

Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson

Recapture the magic and charm of Christmas with one of our most beloved authors. Jeanette Winterson’s volume of short stories, inspired by the festive season, will leave you aglow. Faux-Dickensian tales of orphans, haunting ghosts and jovial spirits, love stories and brilliantly imaginative SnowMamas. Winterson constructs a literary wonderland of profound and poetic merit. She combines 12 captivating winter tales with 12 festive recipes. To be read alone or read together, one for each of the days of Christmas.

VINTAGE Dickens: A Christmas Carol

The defining Christmas story, A Christmas Carol  tells the tale of the hardened capitalist Ebenezer Scrooge who has no time for festivities and goodwill until he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. A tale of redemption, it implores us to embrace a spirit of charity in trying times. This beautiful classics edition includes two other short stories from Dicken’s Christmas series, The Chimes and The Haunted Man. Revisit the classic this Christmas Eve to fully appreciate the splendour of this wonderfully written and deeply atmospheric Christmas fable.

Fish Can Sing by Halldór Laxness

A beloved and profound coming of age tale from Iceland’s Nobel Laureate. With a blend of light irony and dark humour, Halldór Laxness introduces us to the orphaned Álfgrímur, his adoptive grandparents, and the small community of misfits and eccentrics who live a humble and traditional life on the outskirts of Reykjavík. When young Álfgrímur hears the one pure note from celebrated Icelandic singer Garðar Hólm however, he begins to question his future as a fisherman's grandson. Fish Can Sing provides a portrait of the peculiarities and hardships of life in beautiful rural Iceland and is the perfect book to immerse you in the Icelandic literary tradition.

The Robin: A Biography by Stephen Moss

Ever-present and familiar, the robin seems to live with us through the seasons. Guided by beloved naturalist Stephen Moss, follow the robin as it enters the world as an egg, through to an adult bird; via courtship, song, breeding, feeding and migration. Taking us month by month, this charming book also explores our relationship with the robin and its role in our social and cultural history. With beautiful vintage illustrations, The Robin combines bird watching, folklore and poetry and makes for a quaint and festive stocking filler.

The Wren: A Biography by Stephen Moss

The wren is a fascinating, and often forgotten, national bird. It is Britain’s most common bird, with 8.5 million breeding pairs, and has by far the loudest song in proportion to its size. Wrens could once be found on postage stamps and the farthing, featured in nursery rhymes and greeting cards.  Yet many people today are not sure if they have ever seen a wren. From the author of The Robin, The Wren is a captivating year-in-the-life biography which reveals the hidden life of this fascinating bird that lives right on our doorstep. The book that will become your unexpected Christmas favourite, for those looking to escape the chaos and reconnect with nature.

A Tudor Christmas by Alison Weir and Siobhan Clarke

Alison Weir and Siobhan Clarke provide a fascinating look at the feasting, revelry and merrymaking that was Tudor Christmas. With chapters based on the Twelve Days of Christmas, A Tudor Christmas traces the surprising history of some of our most beloved Christmas customs, from mince pies to Christmas puddings and mulled wine to carol singing. It also reveals some of the weird and wonderful Tudor traditions long forgotten - anyone for court jesting and royal disguises? With poems, songs and recipes scattered throughout, A Tudor Christmas is a celebration of the traditions and superstitions which carried the nation through a tumultuous historical period. Perfect for lovers of history, and lovers of Christmas.

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