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Summary

Have Yourself a Very British Christmas is a 12-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 airbed wedged up against the washing machine in their parents' spare room come Christmas Eve and wondering why this Christmas - just like every year - doesn't look like the ones on the telly.

©2017 Rhodri Marsden (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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"Funny, touching and ludicrously British." (India Knight)

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Marvellous Merry Entertainment

I loved this book and I recommend reading it. It made me laugh out loud a whole bunch of times. It has chapters on the history of Chrimbo-ness, lots of British traditions as well as funny stories from actual people. I think I’ll read it every year in late November to get me in the Christmas spirit. Thank you Rhodri!

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Jolly bite sized Christmas nuggets

This is just the sort of thing I enjoy listening to in the run up to Christmas. It walks the line between sweet and cynical expertly and will be enjoyed if you become giddy with excitement before the first of December. If on the other hand you don’t quite get Christmas it may provide some solace as you hear the tales of others who feel the same way. But then, if you’re such a person you’re unlikely to be reading a review of a book called ‘A very British Christmas’ so you probably won’t see this.

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Great fun

lots of laugh out loud moments we can all relate to - very British and very funny

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  • 28-12-19

Tidings of comfort and joy - not quite...

Good enough but somewhat miserabilist overall. Tone was more matter of fact depressing than funny. To each his own, I guess.

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brilliant

loved this book, funny and entertaining. Will listen to it again and highly recommend it.

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  • 13-11-20

Great Christmas Fun

This was extremely entertaining and very insightful about how the UK celebrates Christmas. Showing that everything isn't perfect from on family to the next.

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  • 17-07-20

I really need Christmas in July right now.

I usually wait for November 1st to start listening to this during what I consider The Holiday Season (Nov 1 - Jan 8), but this American needs this now.