The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories
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Wrap yourself up in your favourite blanket, grab a mug of mulled wine and settle down by the fire with this captivating and superbly curated collection of stories for the festive season. Join some of the greatest storytellers, including Capote and Calvino, Sayers and Spark, Saki, Chekhov and more as they weave tales packed with magic, family, cold nights and wooden cabins, all collected and presented by Penguin in this beautifully designed edition.
The perfect gift this Christmas season: a generous selection of some of the greatest festive stories of all time
This is a collection of the most magical, moving, chilling and surprising Christmas stories from around the world, taking us from frozen Nordic woods to glittering Paris, a New York speakeasy to an English country house, bustling Lagos to midnight mass in Rio, and even outer space.
Here are classic tales from writers including Truman Capote, Shirley Jackson, Dylan Thomas, Saki and Chekhov, as well as little-known treasures such as Italo Calvino’s wry sideways look at Christmas consumerism, Wolfdietrich Schnurre’s story of festive ingenuity in Berlin, Selma Lagerlof’s enchanted forest in Sweden, and Irene Nemerovsky’s dark family portrait. Featuring santas, ghosts, trolls, unexpected guests, curmudgeons and miracles, here is Christmas as imagined by some of the greatest short story writers of all time.
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