Mystery In White by J. Jefferson Farjeon

Should you be heading home for Christmas on a train, then this is the perfect little novel with which to fritter away some pre-Yule time before you are forced to make polite conversation and pass the mistletoe. Another in the great British Library Crime Classics imprint, Mystery In White has everything you could want for the season of goodwill: a…

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

…’Foggier yet, and colder’… The novella that pretty much invented Christmas as we know is, as John Mortimer once wrote, ‘a text of nineteenth century humanism’. There’s not a great deal of God or Jesus in it. ‘For Dickens Christmas didn’t mean the birth of a Son to redeem the sins of the world; it…