Quentin Blake has made his own selection of favourite pieces from John Julius Norwich’s annual Christmas ‘crackers’, illustrating them in his own trademark style.

From curious dictionary definitions (’Carphology: Delirious fumbling with the bedclothes’) and tortuous palindromes to eighteenth-century descriptions of drunken pigs, 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 reader.

New edition for 2013 (hardback). First published in 2002.

Author John Julius Norwich
Publisher Atlantic Books
ISBN 978-1-782-39251-4
Date Published 2013