‘Tis the season for giving and I’ve got gifts for you – join me in some literary fun for Christmas and the holidays. Are addicted to books? Take the test to find out. Select some Christmas colouring for the kids, and enjoy free access to my video talk, Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol.
Have you ever wondered how much of a book addict you are? Are you 100% addicted, as I am, or not quite at that extreme stage of addiction (an addiction for which there is no known cure!). I’ve prepared a little test kit so you can work out where you fit. Use the link here to download ‘The Book Addict Test Kit’.
In the spirit of giving, I have a little festive gift for the young people in your life. I’ve prepared a lovely series of 7 printable colouring pages, all with a festive bookish theme and a literary Christmas quote. Print them for your children or grandchildren to colour in at home, send them to your child’s school for a class activity, email to friends and relatives, share them on social media, spread them far and wide.
Still feeling festive? Here’s a video and printable reader’s guide.
One of the most compelling tales ever written, A Christmas Carol is a phenomenon. First published in 1843, Charles Dickens’ novella is now inextricably linked to Christmas. It is profound, archetypal, and it touches desires deep within us all for second chances and the opportunity to redeem past mistakes.
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year,” says Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, possibly the most popular of all Christmas stories.
Every Christmas the historic Morgan Library in New York puts on display one of its greatest treasures – the original manuscript of A Christmas Carol which Dickens had bound in red morocco leather as a gift for his publisher. Each year the precious manuscript is opened at a different page so that viewers can delight in a new scene. You can buy the Morgan’s own facsimile edition from the museum shop, or read it online.
Read the entire 68-page hand-written manuscript of A Christmas Carol presented online in high resolution held at The Morgan Library in New York.
‘I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year,’ says Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, possibly the most popular of all Christmas stories. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.