Reading at Christmas

PUBLISHED: 15:18 08 December 2014 | UPDATED: 15:18 08 December 2014

Reading at Christmas

Reading at Christmas


Jane Lambert shares her book reviews and author interviews as she turns the pages of the local literary world

You might think twice about watching a Christmas film in the summer and woe betide any supermarket who dares to play a Christmas song before the last week in November, but what about books? Is it OK to read a Christmas-themed novel in the spring, or in the middle of July? I think it’s probably acceptable, but when the archetypal Christmas novel is by one of the best authors who ever lived, there’s nothing better than saving A Christmas Carol up all year and devouring it over the festive period.

When it comes to books about Christmas, it seems as though children have the monopoly. Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman has always been a popular choice on this side of Atlantic, while American children have always been enthralled by Dr Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. A television and film adaptation have been made of both of these classics, but Christmas is surely the perfect time to pick them as the books to read at bedtime.

And talking of Christmas films, classics such as Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life also started life as books. Essex missed out on its annual snowfall last winter, but if we are blessed (or cursed, depending on your point of view), with a flurry this year, I would recommend a blanket, a hot chocolate and a festive-themed book to beat the winter blues every time.

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