If you love or hate Christmas, believe or disbelieve passionately, or simply value short, pithy poems, this book will surely be a treasure for you. It's funny, irreverent and godly all at once. Can be given to the aged aunt or the stroppy brat in the sure knowledge that it will make both chuckle and feel it was written for them. I have bought 3 copies (and no, I don't know the author!)
FOR MANY YEARS U.A. FANTHORPE WROTE A SHORT POEM TO INSERT IN HER ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CARD. EVENTAULLY THEY WERE GATHERED TOGETHER AND PUBLISHED IN A BOOK, BEAUTIFULLY AND SIMPLY ILLUSTRATED BY A FRIEND. DESIGNED TO FIT INSIDE A CHRISTMAS GREETING CARD, THE POEMS ARE NEVER VERY LONG, AND ALWAYS MOST THOUGHT -PROVOKING ABOUT THE WONDER OF CHRISTMAS AND GOD ENTERING HIS WORLD TO SURPRISE AND CHALLENGE MANKIND WITH HIS LOVE. THERE ARE ALSO SOME LOVELY SURPRISES - LIKE THE CAT FORGOTTEN BY THE EVANGELISTS!
This was bought as a gift for a friend. The book is a slim but well presented volume. I knew only a little of the poet's work previously to this but there is more to the collection than meets the eye- it is thought provoking at a time of year when everything tends towards the formulaic. A good purchase.
I have long been a fan of the late UA Fanthorpe’s poetry, and knew that she had written a couple of more well-known poems about Christmas and Advent. What I didn’t know was that these poems were the fruit of her annual tradition of sending her friends a Christmas poem in place of a usual Christmas card. This has the whole witty collection, together with the hand-drawn illustrations that would have accompanied them each year.