Nick Groom, author of The Seasons - A wonderful celebration of how the seasons have helped to form the nation's identity. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this timely account also taps into our current anxieties about the changing world and our place in it.
Here he talks about his favourite Christmas reading:
Favourite Christmas novel?
John Masefield, The Box of Delights (first published 1935). I am looking forward to the time when I can read this to my daughters.
Favourite Christmas non-fiction book?
Ronald Hutton’s book The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain (1996) opens with some wonderful chapters on Christmas.
Favourite Christmas poem?
The thrilling medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, translated by J. R. R. Tolkien (first published 1975), begins at Christmas in King Arthur’s court with fascinating detail of early customs and entertainments.
Favourite Christmas play?
Much as I will enjoy taking my children to a pantomime, my...