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A Very British Christmas by Rhodri Marsden
  

A Very British Christmas

The Real World   Books for Christmas   Humour   The Real World   
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Hmm (bug)… does the world really need another Christmas-themed stocking filler book? Surely the genre is as dead as Old Marley, doornail and all, with nothing new to say, no fresh, funny takes to be made. Well, actually, this stylishly illustrated tome does have more to say. In fact, it offers a veritable forest of sharply spruced-up observations on everything from disappointing gifts (“14-year-olds do not want two-foot wide peg looms for Christmas”), to the entirely unsuitable sleeping arrangements Britons typically endure after driving home for Christmas (the out-dated spare rooms stuffed with “several hundredweight of car-boot sale fodder”, and nights spent on “rapidly deflating airbeds, barely the width of the average human body”).

The first-person anecdotes are an absolute joy; often cringe-inducingly hilarious, and sometimes moving. Indeed, alongside the excellent observational humour, astute points are made about the likes of rampant consumerism and seasonal depression: Christmas “acts as a kind of emotional multiplier. If things are good, they feel glorious; if things are bad, they feel dreadful”. This cracker of a book (not sorry) will have recipients ho-ho-ho-ing around the Christmas tree, and keep them entertained long after the last pesky pine needles have been vacuumed up. ~ Joanne Owen

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Synopsis

A Very British Christmas by Rhodri Marsden

Have Yourself a Very British Christmas is a twelve-stage sleigh ride through the best, worst, strangest and funniest aspects of the Christmas holiday, with cultural icons saluted, national habits dissected and personal reminiscences from those who've eaten all the mince pies and lived to tell the tale. The essential Christmas stocking filler for every Brit who's ever found themselves on a deflating air bed in their parents' spare room wedged up against the washing machine come Christmas Eve and wondering why this Christmas, just like every year, doesn't look like the ones on the telly.

Reviews

`Funny, touching and ludicrously British.' India Knight

Reviews for Rhodri's previous work:

'Love it. It's like a comedy toilet book written by Kafka' Jon Ronson

'Very funny' Al Murray

`A hilarious little book' Heat magazine

About the Author

Rhodri Marsden is a writer and musician based in London. A columnist for The Independent for more than a decade, he writes features, books and opinion pieces about subjects as varied as bad dates, rude place names, USB cables, crumpets, perfume and anxiety. He plays in hardy perennial post-punk band Scritti Politti and Britain's best-loved TV theme covers band Dream Themes, and he won the under-10 piano category at the 1980 Watford Music Festival with a scintillating performance of a piece called Silver Trumpets .

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd November 2017

Author

Rhodri Marsden

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Publisher

HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Hardback
240 pages

Categories

The Real World
Books for Christmas
Humour
The Real World

Parodies & spoofs
Gift books

ISBN

9780008256715

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