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Good books for the festive season – as necessary as plum pudding, silver bells and Christmas cheer

'Bah,' said Scrooge, 'Humbug'

Ebenezer Scrooge is unimpressed by Christmas. He has no time for festivities or goodwill toward his fellow men and is only interested in money. Then, on the night of Christmas Eve, his life is changed by a series of ghostly visitations that show him some bitter truths about his choices. A Christmas Carol is Dickens' most influential book and a funny, clever and hugely enjoyable story.



The cheerful poverty of the Cratchit family in A Christmas Carol, is a sure-fire tear-jerker. At one public reading by Dickens in Boston, there were "so many pocket handkerchiefs it looked as if a snowstorm had gotten into the hall"

Sunday Express

It has it all: a spooky ghost story, a heartwarming redemption and a great plot with a satisfyingly ending

The Times

A story which, perhaps more than any other, sums up the spirit of the British Christmas

Sunday Telegraph

One of the great achievements of British culture

But that story endures and retains the power to move us because it speaks to the human heart, and gives us hope when hope is fading


A little masterpiece...irresistible

Sunday Express

After 150 years still have the power to fascinate readers

Contemporary Review

Beautifully written and this re-designed cover is stunning

Devon Life

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    December 1, 2015

    Vintage Classics

    112 pages

    RRP $12.99

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