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First United States edition.
176 pages ; 19 cm
"My mother is not a foodie. But for as long as I can remember, once a year, she becomes possessed of a profound and desperate need to serve up a perfect roast turkey. Faced with a walk into the village though, she might think 'oh, f*** it' and decide to get a frozen one from Bejams on the 23rd and leave it to defrost in the downstairs toilet for not quite 48 hours." From perennially dry turkeys to Christmas pudding fires, from the round robin code of conduct to the risks and rewards of re-gifting, An Almost Perfect Christmas is an ode to the joy and insanity of the most wonderful time of the year.
Turkey and me -- Swim to Santa Claus : a story -- How to win the battle of Christmas as a guest--or as a host -- Going home for Christmas -- Christmas shopping -- "Merry Xmas everybody" -- A present for teacher : a story -- The Christmas tree -- The Christmas lunch : a story -- Flaming pudding -- Timothy the Christmas turkey : a story -- Christmas correspondence -- An almost comprehensive glossary of Christmas.
Reproduction of (manifestation): Stibbe, Nina. Almost perfect Christmas [London] : Viking, 2017 9780241309827