Hello everyone! Today I have a guest post from Lili Hayward and her favourites at Christmas time! Plus, a giveaway - win a copy of her book by RETWEETING my tweet!
Lili Hayward is the author of The Cat of Yule Cottage; a magical tale of land, love, friendship, the Yuletide... and one remarkable cat.
The Cat of Yule Cottage is published by Hodder, and is available in paperback for £7.99 or ebook currently for 99p.
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Favourite Christmas Book: A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
I know, I know! But it’s great. Scrooge’s transition from cruel curmudgeon to reformed kind-hearted old gent is something I never get tired of. Every year, my dad likes to watch the Patrick Stewart version. It’s his favourite, even though he always ends up bursting into tears at the end (in a good way).
Honourable mention: Carol, Patricia Highsmith.
Not really a Christmas book, but the first half of the story takes place in the rush towards Christmas, and is pervaded by the odd, rules-suspended atmosphere of the holiday season. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett also, just because it’s a lot of fun.
Favourite Christmas Song: Fairytale of New York (The Pogues & Kirsty McColl)
I’m a bit of a miser when it comes to Christmas songs, gritting my teeth in shops and yelling MUTE IT MUTE IT when horrible versions of already horrible smaltzy songs are played on TV. But there’s always been a special place in my heart for this drawled, gloomy ballad.
Honourable mention: Björk’s version of Jólakötturinn:
a song about the Iceandic Yule Cat, who eats people who aren’t dressed in new clothes on the Yuletide.
Favourite Christmas Film: The Tailor of Gloucester (1992)
If I ever want to feel like a child again, all I need to do is press play on the animated version of Beatrix Potter’s The Tailor of Gloucester. I loved this a kid, and it’s still just as charming today; an Elves and the Shoemaker-type story of a poor tailor, trying to finish a coat of cherry-coloured silk in time for the Mayor’s wedding on Christmas Day in the morning. I have vivid memories of Simpkin, the tailor’s cat, tramping out into the snow in his boots to buy “a pennorth of milk, a pennorth of bread, and a pennorth of sausages.” Three words: “No more twist!” *wipes away tear*
Honourable mention: My dad wouldn’t forgive me if I didn’t recommend the 1999 Patrick Stewart version of A Christmas Carol!
A magical tale of Christmas and cats, perfect for everyone who loves A Street Cat Named Bob and Alfie the Doorstep Cat. It's nearly Christmas, and Jessamine Pike needs a serious life overhaul. Jess moves into Enysyule, a centuries-old cottage in Cornwall, and begins the process of renovating the rundown house by day and finishing her novel by night, planning to have both finished in time for the holidays. She's got good company: a beautiful, arrogant tomcat stalks around like he owns the place, and seems very skeptical of Jess' tenancy. But there's magic in the air...Local legends tell of a spirit that inhabits the area, and an ancient standing stone that keeps watch over the valley. As Christmas comes closer and closer, Jess uncovers treasures from Enysyule's past, and becomes involved in a fight for its future. For Jess has stumbled into a story that's been going on for five hundred years. A story about land, love, friendship, the Yuletide...and one remarkable cat.
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