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A short story called 'Happy Christmas'
I was working in my local library yesterday, and in a quiet moment I noticed in a 'front on' display dedicated to Christmas, a little book by Daphne called 'Happy Christmas'. Only a little book, just a 30 page story, in a hard cover. Indications showed that it had been relegated to the 'Stack' where rarely required stock is saved. Up in the attic as it were! Reissued in 1984, it was originally published as a private press book in 1942, right in the middle of World War 2. It is totally wonderful, in so many ways. Most particularly it reveals the attitudes of that time, upper middle class comfort set against the desperate plight of others. It brings home very vividly the plight of refugees, which is so relevant today, and retells the Nativity story! I think it truly remarkable, and as powerful as anything Daphne has created. What a true artist she is!
Sat 17/12/16 02:28 PM
This can be bought from www.abebooks.co.uk, the secondhand dealer, for£8. It is a bit of a collector's piece.Posted on Tue 17/01/17 09:23 AM
Many years ago. a friend in Australia sent me a copy of "Happy Christmas". It is a delightful story & I often reread it around Christmas time.Posted on Mon 06/03/17 05:37 PM
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