Christmas and New Year ebook selection

The festive season, Christmas lights, warm spiced wines and rich hot chocolates, and perhaps something exciting to read? We have a very merry collection of Christmas stories and tales to keep the magic of Christmas going.

9781910558973Christmas and Other Stories by G. K. Chesterton

There is no more dangerous or disgusting habit than that of celebrating Christmas before it comes, as I am doing in this article. It is the very essence of a festival that it breaks upon one brilliantly and abruptly, that at one moment the great day is not and the next moment the great day is. Up to a certain specific instant you are feeling ordinary and sad; for it is only Wednesday. At the next moment your heart leaps up and your soul and body dance together like lovers; for in one burst and blaze it has become Thursday.

Christmas and Other Stories by G. K. Chesterton, ISBN: 9781910558973, Sovereign, 140 pp

9781909438781The Snow Queen and Other Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

The Snow Queen is one of Hans Christian Andersen’s best fairy tales. It follows a little girl Gerda on a magical journey to find her best friend, Kai who has been taken by the Snow Queen. Other fairy tales featured n this edition include: The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Swineherd, The Real Princess, The Shoes of Fortune, The Fir Tree, The Leap-Frog, The Elderbush, The Belll, The Old House, The Happy Family, The Story of a Mother, The False Collar, The Shadow, The Little Match Girl, The Dream of Little Tuk, The Naughty Boy, The Red Shoes.

The Snow Queen and Other Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, ISBN: 9781909438781, Sovereign, 144 pp

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9781909438873A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A powerful, impressive, and enduring tale of ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The book was written in early Victorian era Britain when it was experiencing a nostalgic interest in its forgotten Christmas. It has been credited with restoring the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and sombreness.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, ISBN: 9781909438873, Sovereign, 92 pp

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9781907832772The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Buck, a powerful St Bernard dog is stolen from his comfortable Californian life in Santa Clara Vally and sold to a pair of French Canadians, who think Buck is one in a thousand. They take him to Alaska and train him as a sled dog where he quickly learns how to survive the cold winter nights and the pack society by observing his teammates. The Call of the Wild is Jack London’s most popular novel. We follow Buck’s journey through the harsh landscapes as a sledge dog, passing from one master to another, and get introduced to deeper themes such as survival of the fittest, civilization versus nature, and fate versus free will.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London, ISBN: 9781907832772, Fantastica, 90 pp

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perf5.250x8.000.inddThe Chimes by Charles Dickens

One New Year’s Eve, Trotty, a ticket-porter or casual messenger, is filled with gloom at the reports of crime and immorality in the newspapers, and wonders whether the working classes are simply wicked by nature. His daughter Meg and her long-time fiancé Richard arrive and announce their decision to marry next day.

The Chimes by Charles Dickens, ISBN: 9781909676244, Sovereign, 98 pp

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perf5.250x8.000.inddThe Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens

John Peerybingle, a carrier, lives with his young wife Dot, their baby boy and their nanny Tilly Slowboy. A cricket constantly chirps on the hearth and acts as a guardian angel to the family. One day a mysterious elderly stranger comes to visit and takes up lodging at Peerybingle’s house for a few days.

The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens, ISBN: 9781909676268, Sovereign, 102 pp

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9781909904385The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Tales by Washington Irving

From the listless repose of the place, and the peculiar character of its inhabitants, who are descendants from the original Dutch settlers, this sequestered glen has long been known by the name of Sleepy Hollow… A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Tales by Washington Irving, ISBN: 9781909904385, Fractal Press, 316 pp

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9781909904422Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women follows the lives of the four March sisters, from oldest to youngest: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. A romance, a quest, a family drama that validates virtue over wealth. The start of the story is set at Christmastime, where Jo, the second eldest of the March sisters, grumbles that Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents. The four girls discuss the upcoming holiday and sigh as they long for pretty things that they can’t have because of money constraints

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, ISBN: 9781909904422, Sovereign, 468 pp

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9781910150269The Heavenly Christmas Tree and Other Stories by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Do we understand the true meaning of Christmas? Dostoyevsky invites us to follow the story of a 6 year old boy trying to survive on a cold winter day. Other stories in this collection include: The Peasant Marey, The Crocodile, Bobok, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man.

The Heavenly Christmas Tree and Other Stories by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, ISBN: 9781910150269, Sovereign, 98 pp

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9781910558942European Christmas Stories by Josh Verbae

A collection of Charismas stories and tales from all over Europe featuring many wonderful festive memories including: A Bird in the Snow, A Christmas in the Forest, A Christmas Supper in the Marais, The Poet’s Christmas Eve, The Torn Cloak and other tales perfect for the entire families gathering together for the festive season.

European Christmas Stories by Josh Verbae, ISBN: 9781910558942, Sovereign, 138 pp

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9781910558959Christmas at Red Butte and Other Stories by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Wonderful stories and tales from the author of Anne of Green Gables including: Jessamine, My Lady Jane, Christmas at Red Butte, Akin to Love, A golden Wedding, The Letters, The Romance of Jedediah, White Magic, other stories.

Christmas at Red Butte and Other Stories by Lucy Maud Montgomery, ISBN: 9781910558959, Sovereign, 268 pp

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9781910558966The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum

Santa Claus, as a baby is found in the Forest of Burzee and placed in the care of the lioness Shiegra. The Wood Nymph, Necile, breaks the law of the forest and takes the baby because she desires to raise a child of her own as mortals do. Necile calls him Claus, meaning little one in the old Burzee language.

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum, ISBN: 9781910558966, Sovereign, 82 pp

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