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  • Anne Fine at her wittiest

  • Fine powerfully captures the chaos, frenetic activity and disharmony some families generate. The pace, humour and dramatic repartee could be those of an Alan Ayckbourn play

    The Bookseller
  • There's a grim cast in this hilarious but barbed story of how Christmas can go so wrong for so many people

  • Anne Fine works miracles with her just sharper-than-life observations

    Junior Education
  • A gorgeously observed tale of what Christmas can really be like

    Katie Nicholl, Daily Express

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