It’s time for our one rule of Book Club – we review a Christmas book in December. This year we have chosen Nancy Mitford’s Christmas Pudding. If you haven’t read it yet we give you the lowdown on all you need to know.
Who doesn’t love Christmas Pudding?
Nancy, the eldest of six girls (the Mitford sisters), lived a fascinating life full of beauty, upper-class bohemianism and political allegiances. During World War 2 she met General de Gaulle’s chief of staff, Gaston Palewski, and moved to Paris to be with him. Her work includes The Pursuit of Love, Love in a Cold Climate and Christmas Pudding her second novel featuring some of the characters from her first ‘Highland Fling‘. It was first published in 1932 and remains a perfect stocking filler.
Christmas Pudding – the blurb
The formidable fox-hunter Lady Bobbin is holding a Christmas house party. Attendees include her rebellious daughter Philadelphia, a pompous suitor, a couple of children poring over newspaper death notices, and a dejected writer whose first serious novel has been declared the funniest book of the year. Add to the mix beautiful ex-courtesan Amabelle Fortescue and her guests staying in a neighbouring cottage and you have a ribald tale of true love and false fidelity, hijinks and low morals, not to mention the consumption of a considerable quantity of Christmas spirit.
We will be sharing our Big Review of Christmas Pudding on 20th December. A series of Book Club questions will also be around for you to answer on 19th. Don’t wait until then though, we would love to know your marks out of ten as soon as you have read it. So grab your copy and read along with us. In the meantime you can check out our November’s Book of the Month, A Gift For Dying, here.