• The Illustrated Christmas Cracker

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. 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, ' 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.

Author John Julius Norwich
Publisher Doubleday
ISBN 978-0385605250
Date Published 2002