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  • Published: 4 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241354629
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

A Friend for Christmas




An inspiring true-story about one woman's uplifting journey from post-war poverty, to becoming a modern-day 'Mrs Christmas', all with a little help from her friends.

Sheffield, Christmas, 1953. Gloria Stewart and her family were having another cold and hungry winter, but Gloria's mother, Lil, had scrimped-and-saved to ensure the fire was lit, paper decorations were made, and her five children had a plate full of delicious food. Lil even made sure there was enough dinner for an unexpected friend or visitor; and each year there always seemed to be someone in need.

Despite being raised in a busy, rag-and-bone household, Gloria grew up with few friends. That is, until a knock on the door brought a scruffy pup into her life- and Gloria discovered the loyal and unwavering friendship of a four-legged friend.

Over the years, Gloria adopted many dogs - and even the odd cat - who helped her through good times and bad; illness, love and heart-breaking loss. They even helped her to carry on her mother's loving legacy of making sure that those who are alone at Christmas have food, warmth, and most of all, a friend!

  • Published: 4 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241354629
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Praise for A Friend for Christmas

This memoir tells how she learned the value of kindness during her tough childhood

Best books for December, Best Magazine

The story of young Gloria, whose lonely childhood is changed when a knock on the door brings a scruffy, loveable puppy into her life. Sure to pull on your heartstrings

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