The Biography of Christmas


ISBN: 9780745980171 Categories: ,

ISBN: 9780745980171

Publication date: September 22, 2017

Format: Paperback

Extent: 288 pages

Dimensions: 198mm(length) 130mm(width)

Imprint: Lion Books


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In this delightful sleigh ride through Christmas history, Paul Kerensa answers the festive questions you never thought to ask… Did Cromwell help shape the mince pie? Was St Nicholas the first to use an automatic door? Which classic Christmas crooners were inspired by a Hollywood heatwave? And did King Herod really have a wife called Doris?

Whether you mull on wine or enjoy the biggest turkey, the biggest tree or the biggest credit card bill, unwrap your story through our twelve dates of Christmas past. 

From Roman revelry to singing Bing, via Santa, Scrooge and a snoozing saviour, this timeless tale is perfect trivia fodder for the Christmas dinner table.

Meet the author: Paul Kerensa

Paul Kerensa is an award-winning writer of TV, radio, books and his own stand-up comedy. He is the author of Hark! The Biography of Christmas — an enlightening sleigh ride through festive history. Paul is part of the British Comedy award-winning writing team for BBC’s Miranda and the Rose d-Or Award-winning writing team for BBC1’s Not Going Out. He’s written for cult shows like C4’s TFI Friday and BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show and Dead Ringers, as well as mainstream hits like BBC’s Top Gear, Buble at the BBC and the BBC Music Awards.

Reviews for Hark!

"Christmas sits among us like a familiar member of the family - but its history, as told here, is a story-and-a-half. A brilliant book." - Jeremy Vine

"If you don't know what to get someone for Christmas, and would like to know how you're in this position in the first place - this funny and interesting book could solve both your problems at once." - Milton Jones

"I love Paul, I love Christmas, no surprise I love this book - the perfect stocking filler." - Miranda Hart

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