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The hamster that loved Puccini : the seven modern sins of Christmas round robin letters

Author: Simon Hoggart
Publisher: London : Atlantic, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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A collection of Christmas round robins, which illustrate the seven deadly sins of their writers, including boastfulness (dazzlingly clever children who play the saxophone and ski for Britain); smugness (their job, their house, their holidays are all perfect); tiny-mindedness (do we really need to be told how to start a jigsaw by looking for the straight bits?); whimsy (letters written by pets or babies); and the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Hoggart
ISBN: 1843544741 9781843544746
OCLC Number: 61425850
Description: 167 pages ; 19 cm
Responsibility: Simon Hoggart.

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A collection of Christmas round robins, which illustrate the seven deadly sins of their writers, including boastfulness (dazzlingly clever children who play the saxophone and ski for Britain); smugness (their job, their house, their holidays are all perfect); tiny-mindedness (do we really need to be told how to start a jigsaw by looking for the straight bits?); whimsy (letters written by pets or babies); and the dreaded over-sharing, in which every illness and operation is described in minute, unwanted detail. Accompanied by Hoggart's wicked commentary, The Hamster that Loved Puccini invites us to ponder what compels people to pen these letters, and what they tell us about them - and ourselves.

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"'As hilarious and scathing as you'd expect from the Guardian sketch writer' Vogue; 'The best book of the lot' Daily Telegraph, Gift Books for Christmas; 'One that should feature in the stocking of Read more...

 
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