I started with my library book The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman. At first I thought I was reading a variation on a Debbie Macomber novel, with the cookie club replacing the yarn shop as the focus for women’s problems. I found I simply could not read it (‘a great writer’, Daily Mail), so tossed it aside and turned with relief to Agatha Raisin.
Thank you for all the suggestions for Christmas reading. Unfortunately, people’s favourites tend to be old and hard to get hold of. So I looked for titles on that Bodleian Christmas card and selected Old Christmas by Washington Irving as a free download for the Kindle. I’d never read anything by the author and failed to find out anything about this book. Even the British Library catalogue couldn’t give me the publication date, so I wonder if it was first printed in a book of short stories? I found it very surprising.
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