An Almost Perfect Christmas by Nina Stibbe

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"My mother is not a foodie. But for as long as I can remember, once a year, she becomes possessed of a profound and desperate need to serve up a perfect roast turkey. Faced with a walk into the village though, she might think 'oh, f*** it' and decide to get a frozen one from Bejams on the 23rd and leave it to defrost in the downstairs toilet for not quite 48 hours."

From perennially dry turkeys to Christmas pudding fires, from the round robin code of conduct to the risks and rewards of re-gifting, An Almost Perfect Christmas is an ode to the joy and insanity of the most wonderful time of the year.

Title : An Almost Perfect Christmas
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ISBN : 0241309824
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 176 pages


Beth rated it ★★★★☆

November 02, 2017

This Xmassy offering (see Glossary) is very much as advertised by the title, small stocking filler size and lovely retro font and drawings: a humorous take on the English family Christmas. Nina Stibbe has the most delightfully self-deprecating voice. (In a chapter on Christmas Shopping, she rueful...

Rebecca rated it ★★★★☆

December 06, 2017

(3.5) With its short chapters and stocking stuffer dimensions, this is a perfect book to dip into over the holidays. The autobiographical pieces involve Stibbe begrudgingly coming round to things she’s resisted, from Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody” to a flaming Christmas pudding. The four short st...

Amena rated it ★★★★☆

November 02, 2017

This could be the perfect stocking filler for those of you who celebrate Christmas and know someone who likes a good laugh. It is a short, fun read full of mini stories and anecdotes about the joys and craziness of Christmas. If you know someone who appreciates a certain type of humour, then this...

Katy rated it ★★★★★

November 01, 2017

Collection of seasonal stories that will strike a chord with many - very funny family tales We all have them - the Christmas tales of seasonal get-togethers, traditions, horror stories and 'incidents' unique to our own broods. Nina Stibbe here collects hers together (let's hope she checked with fa...

Clair rated it ★★★★☆

December 03, 2017

Sent to me as a gift from Penguin Books, this lovely little Christmas book is a pretty and very funny read, especially if, like me you are from the same generation at Nina Stibbe. Spilt into chapters that describe the madness of Christmas including presents (and re-gifting), Christmas parties, the...

Fran rated it ★★★★☆

January 09, 2018

It's hard to know how to categorise this book; it's part non-fiction, with Nina Stibbe recalling Christmas memories, and it's part fiction with four short stories interspersed between the essays. I'll review the non-fiction first, then the fiction. I listened to this on audiobook and Nina Stibbe...

Mandy rated it ★★★★★

October 17, 2017

I’ve never read any of Nina Stibbe’s books before but I’m a sucker for anything Christmassy, and the description appealed to me. I read it in only two sittings (it would’ve been one, but I couldn’t go 24 hours without any sleep) and didn’t want it to end. I loved Nina’s writing style and her sens...

Wendy rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 24, 2017

Seasonal Christmas episodes from Stibbe's life. Mildly entertaining but overly contrived

Kirsty rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 13, 2017

I wasn't overly keen on this, I must admit. For me, it lacked the charm and exuberance of Love, Nina, and I found that a lot of the stories felt rushed, or ended a little too abruptly.

Sinead rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 20, 2017

Thank you Netgalley for this review copy. I'd love to say that this was an almost perfect book to get you in the mood for Christmas - unfortunately it wasn't. I have to admit that I felt a bit low and sad after reading this as Christmas's described in this book were a little bit depressing and the...

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