The Illustrated Christmas Cracker

Author(s): John Julius Norwich


For over thirty years, John Julius Norwich has been sending out his Christmas Crackers - a personal collection of quirky quotes and literary odds and ends - to his friends instead of a Christmas card. Every decade, Penguin brings out an unillustrated collection of these, the latest published in 2000. Now Quentin Blake has made his own selection of favourite pieces from the first two of these collections, and has illustrated them in his own trademark style. From curious dictionary definitions ('Carphology. Delirious fumbling with the bedclothes, &c.' Concise Oxford Dictionary) and tortuous palindromes ('Live dirt up a side-track carted is a putrid evil') to C18th accounts of drunken pigs and Benjamin Franklin's account of inventing bifocals, this cracker is stuffed with surprising, offbeat, often hilarious gems. Enlivened by Quentin Blake's witty illustrations, this book is the perfect stocking-filler for the discerning customer.

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Product Information

A selection of John Julius Norwich's much-loved Christmas Commonplace book, illustrated throughout by the inimitable Quentin Blake.

Biography for John Julius Norwich LORD NORWICH is one of Britain's foremost historians. Biography for Quentin Blake QUENTIN BLAKE is Britain's leading illustrator, and was chosen as the first Children's Laureate

General Fields

  • : 9780385605250
  • : Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • : Doubleday
  • : 0.249
  • : November 2002
  • : 220mm X 140mm X 19mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Julius Norwich
  • : Hardback
  • : Quentin Blake
  • : very good
  • : 64
  • : illustrations