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A Very British Christmas

by Rhodri Marsden

eBooks of the Month Humorous and Funny Books The Real World

LoveReading View on A Very British Christmas

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 

Joanne Owen

A Very British Christmas Synopsis

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.

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Closing date: 14/06/2019

The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival, which takes place annually in Broad Chalke, near Salisbury in Wiltshire, is the largest festival dedicated entirely to history in the UK. Spread over 60 acres, it is a unique combination of talks, discussions and topical debates, plus a vast living history encampment, where the very best living historians bring history to life with their extensive knowledge and passion for their subjects. This summer, over 150 talks and debates will be delivered by eminent historians, writers and commentators. Speakers will include: Victoria Hislop, Michael Wood, Mariella Frostrup, Niall Ferguson, Kate Williams, Max Hastings, Neil Oliver, Antonia Fraser, and Ben MacIntyre.  We have four family weekend tickets to give away. These allow 2 adults and up to 3 children into the Festival for free on 29th or 30th June, to attend living history activities, listen to the ‘Live History Live’ talks, get access to the stands and stalls, and go to the party on Saturday evening! * The draw closes on 14th June 2019. Tickets to the literary talks are not included and will need to be booked and paid for separately. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter. We will select four winners who will receive a family weekend ticket. Each family Ticket allows 2 adults and up to 3 children to come into the festival for free on either the 29th or the 30th June The draw closes on 14th June 2019. The winners will be notified as soon as possible.

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A Very British Christmas Press 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

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ISBN: 9780008256715
Publication date: 02/11/2017
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008256715
Publication date: 2nd November 2017
Author: Rhodri Marsden
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Humour, The Real World,
Categories: Parodies & spoofs, Gift books,

About Rhodri Marsden

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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