Christmas Crackers 1970-79
John Julius Norwich
Christmas Crackers - being ten commonplace selections 1970-1979.
London: Allen Lane, 1981.
Revised edition with new material, second printing.
Here is the first ten years' worth of JJN's literary selections, sent out to friends each Christmas, in place of a card.
From palindromes to epitaphs, from Pepys and Gibbon to Dorothy Parker, this is as charming and erudite a selection as you could wish for.
Jacket has fading to spine.