Author(s): John Julius Norwich
My dearest darling- That partridge, in that lovely little pear tree! What an enchanting, romantic, poetic present! Bless you and thank you. Your deeply loving Emily Everyone knows the 'Twelve days of Christmas', but not as rewritten by John Julius Norwich in this delightful correspondence, which records the daily thank-you letters from one increasingly bemused young lady to her unseen admirer. And who but Quentin Blake could exploit the full comic possibilities of this hilarious debacle as first birds, then maids and finally the full percussion section of the Liverpool Philharmonic create mayhem in the calm of an English country Christmas?
John Julius Norwich is a leading writer, historian and broadcaster and author of two bestselling collections of Christmas Crackers. Quentin Blake is one of Britain's finest illustrators, and best known for his own picture books and his collaboration with Roald Dahl. He was appointed the country's first Children's Laureate in 1999.