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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Dylan Thomas - A Child's Christmas in Wales

Book review written by Sue Major & read live on bookshow 18th Dec 2014


Postmen and presents and good things to eat, snowballs, music and song.....Dylan Thomas's classic account of Christmas in a small Welsh town is filled with festive fun and excitement.

This is one of my favourite reads at Christmas. It's a magical little story which recalls the   wonderful Christmases of his childhood, and it stirs nostalgic memories of family get-togethers on many Christmas days in my past. It's a quick read....to accompany a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, perhaps....but it's a joyous one which always leaves me  with a warm glow.
 Dylan tells us of his pals and carol singing, of his presents “Useful and not”, his Aunts who come to visit “ some of them brittle like faded teacups” , and his large Uncles trying out new cigars in front of a roaring fire and of snow in which you can write rude words about your neighbours.

It is written in Dylan Thomas's metaphorical language which might be tricky for younger children, but it is in no way a book just for the young...it's a smasher for adults of all ages, and I highly recommend it to everyone .

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