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Christmas Dodos: Festive Things on the Verge of Extinction [Kindle Edition]

Steve Stack
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the author of 21st Century Dodos comes a festive collection of endangered objects.

An irreverent collection of eulogies, tributes and fond farewells to the many Christmas traditions and, well, other festive things that are threatened with extinction.

From handwritten cards to coffee cremes, from Yule logs to thruppenny bits in Christmas puddings, from making paper chain decorations to carol singing, all of these and more are endangered, on the way out or on their last legs…

…so what better time to celebrate them than Christmas itself.

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‘Funny, nostalgic collection of Christmases past’ WOMAN’S WEEKLY

About the Author

Steve Stack is the pseudonym of a well-known blogger and journalist. He has, under various names, written for The Times, Observer, Private Eye and The Guardian.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 752 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #187,041 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Steve Stack is the pseudonym of Scott Pack. Scott is a publisher, blogger, author, tea drinker and cake eater. He hosts the Firestation Book Swap -'a literary event with a difference' according to The Guardian - which takes place once a quarter in Windsor but which also tours the country from time to time.

His latest book is a new and improved paperback and ebook edition of 21st Century Dodos including a whole host of additional content.

You can read his blog at

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Steve Stack follows up 21st Century Dodos: A Collection of Endangered Objects (and Other Stuff), his idiosyncratic list of British pop culture about to go extinct, with this book, along the same lines but for the Yuletide.

The thing I really like about this book is that it's like having a chat about Christmas Past with the friendliest ever Christmas ghost, down a Dickensian pub with a nice fire blazing. Steve Stack is very funny about Christmas tradition as it stood c.1973, and lots of the discussions in the book I found positively enchanting, in a way I hadn't really been expecting. There's a sweetness to the whole thing... (Quite literally at points, no surprise when you begin to consider quite how much Christmas nostalgia revolves around the confectionery. Dairy Milk Dispensers.... Ahhhhh....)

Also there are a lot of good jokes. I particularly snorted toast all over the kitchen at a description of a modern Heston Blumenthal replacement for a Christmas pudding....

A few Christmas traditions have Steve needlessly worried about their disappearance, though, I reckon - real advent calendars without chocolate are alive and well in the world of Medici! And I will be sending Steve a flimsy, non-standing-up Christmas card c/o Harper Collins just as soon as I can get to the pound shop. But this is the fun of the book! Yelling 'Jesus Christ, do you remember "Escape From Colditz: The Board Game"?' and arguing about whether the Roses Chocolate Strawberry Cream is different from the Strawberry Cream. It's the kind of book someone grabs the minute you put it down and then starts reading bits out to you laughing. Which can be annoying. Really you need two copies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nostalgic wallowing 19 Nov. 2013
Found this book in my local bookshop (the great Paperview in Ringwood). What a fantastic trip down memory lane. Brings back all those Christmas's past. Reading each chapter feels like your watching your old christmas cine camera recordings complete with tinsel, yellowing and scratches.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stocking Filler Full Of Nostalgia 9 Jan. 2014
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After enjoying Steve Stack's earlier books I planned on putting Christmas Dodo's in all of the family's stockings but was disappointed to find it sold out in St Andrews where I was spending Christmas.

Thanks to Amazon Prime I managed to get some copies just in time and I (and my relations) had fun reminiscing on Christmases past as Steve has captured the spirit and essence of the season beautifully in this compendium of things that are fast disappearing from the yuletide scene.

I particularly liked the Christmas cards that wouldn't stand up as these were just about the only type of cards we ever got and it was a Christmas duty to ensure that they didn't waft down from the mantlepiece into the fire and give us more than a yule log to worry about.

Although it's too late for Christmas 2013, get your order in early for 2014 to avoid disappointment. A sure fire winner of a stocking filler.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Dodos 26 Dec. 2013
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A real nostalgia fest, brought back many memories of Christmas as a child in the 70s and 80s. A quick and easy read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warms the cockles... 6 Dec. 2013
A wonderfully non-cynical look back to the Winterval days of yore.

Being a child in the seventies, a classic "Happy Holiday" season would start off with Blue Peter, two tv guides & wafer thin paper advent calendars & cards. This is also the first book to remind me of Pocketeers, which I had completely forgotten all about.

All these & much more are covered with great humour by Steve Stack.

There's a bonus star for the comments on the copyright page (always a good sign in a humour book).

Best enjoyed with a dusty old bottle of Harvey's.
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Hands up - I sent in one of the dodos, (things that have disappeared, or all but, at Christmas), and it's there, in all its glory. Most exciting! I am delighted to have this book, and spent a very happy nostalgic hour or so revisiting things I had completely forgotten about. Christmas Dodos has solved the issue of one stocking filler... all the stockings I do will include it. This dodo is interesting, funny, and manages to be poignant at the same time. The stuff of many 'do you remembers' on Christmas day, I reckon. Now where did I put the cheese balls?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good points,but could be longer 24 Feb. 2014
By Josie
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It is a good book, but didn't seem to be that long. It brings back some memories, but it wasn't what I expected. It was good, but just seemed to be a quick compilation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Christmas Cracker 20 Jan. 2014
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I really enjoyed 21st Century Dodos and this little Christmas cracker was a very welcome extra treat. Lots of things to identify with and plenty of chuckles and knowing nods as I read it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly average
Ok I knew it wasn't a long book but I expected better content. Certainly didn't revive any real great memories for me which I was really hoping for. Read more
Published 2 months ago by dc61
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminisce Christmases gone by
Can't remember how many times I hollered out loud "Crikey I Remember that!".
A great trip down memory lane and Christmases as a kid. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Drew Baston
4.0 out of 5 stars Brings back many a childhood memory
Very enjoyable. Made me long for Christmases of past :). Got me giggling away to myself. Could have carried on if there were more pages :)
Published 5 months ago by Zoe Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it before Christmas so you can un-dodo things :)
This is a cosy, read in one evening book. I adored it and am glad I read it way before Christmas because now I can un-dodo some of the things in it (Blue Nun wine for instance). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sarah Tipper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Had a good laugh reading this one
Published 7 months ago by keef
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 months ago by JEANNIE P.
5.0 out of 5 stars dodos
this brought me back to my child hood and all the lovely things we had better than todays things and computers
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. J. B. Cox
1.0 out of 5 stars Is that it?
Great idea for making money - come up with a subject, ask other people to suggest the content and then write it up. Even if it's not enough for a book, some suckers will buy it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by fiddlypb
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and nostalgic
A great book bringing back some great memories. Some things I didn't even know had disappeared from our shelves. A must read! :-)
Published 16 months ago by PB
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