The Twelve Dels of Christmas

The Twelve Dels of Christmas

My Festive Tales from Life and Only Fools


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'It is at Christmas time that want is most keenly felt, and abundance rejoices.'
Charles Dickens, 'A Christmas Carol' 1843

'Yeah, and a partridge up your pear tree, an' all.'
Derek Trotter, 'Christmas Crackers', 1981

'Think of this memoir as a Christmas special in book form, from someone who has been involved in a few of those and understands a bit about the concept. But a Christmas special very much like Only Fools and Horses, in the sense that the stories will be always heading outwards, ranging far and wide and well beyond the traditional festive gags involving giblets left in turkeys.

As I sift through various festive-related episodes in my career, loosening the ribbons, parting the wrapping paper, I'll be doing my best to reach any relevant conclusions about life, work and the meaning of it all that I can usefully pass on to you - baubles of wisdom if you like. Or certainly baubles. You'll learn why I have the perfect face to play Scrooge. And if you're lucky I'll also share what it's like to fly in a helicopter with my old mucker Tom Cruise. Merry Christmas, you plonkers.'

© David Jason 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022


  • You'll be chuckling your Christmas socks off by the end...A merry memoir linked to the festive episodes and the life lessons to go hand in hand with them
    Woman & Home

About the author

David Jason

Sir David Jason was born in 1940 in North London. His acting career has been long and varied: from his theatre work in the West End to providing the voices of Mr Toad from The Wind in the Willows, Dangermouse and The BFG. From Open All Hours to The Darling Buds of May to his starring roles as Detective Inspector Frost in A Touch of Frost and, of course, Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in Only Fools and Horses.

The 1996 Only Fools Christmas special 'Time on Our Hands' was seen live by 24.35 million viewers and to this day is the UK's most-watched comedy show of all time.

David Jason is the author of three No.1 Sunday Times bestselling books: My Life; Only Fools & Stories and A Del of a Life.
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