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Overall I enjoyed this miscellany of Christmas stories and the author's observations of the season. But it is when Jeanette Winterson talks about her own life and her own experiences that the book is by far the most interesting. The little stories in between her reminiscences are a bit formulaic and predictable with shades of A Christmas Carol or the Hollywood movie It's A Wonderful Life. But I really enjoyed the author's insights into her own life as the adopted child of Pentecostal parents living in Accrington in the 1960s. The message of the whole book is to carve yourself out some time at Christmas for philosophical reflection and to do this by taking a little 'time out of time' to cook or read or remember or plan. Well worth a shot.
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I found these short (and often moving) stories, intervened with the authors christmas foody traditions, inspiring and reflective - I am going to make listening to them again one of my Christmas traditions. The readers are superb - clever and funny.
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