We would like to express a very Merry Christmas to all members and all visitors to the site. We hope your Christmas is as rich and flavoursome as the one described by Priestley in his great novel, Bright Day.
“Christmas arrived at the proper time, late on the twenty-fourth of December, but once it did arrive then it really was Christmas – and often with snow too. Brass bands played and choirs sang in the streets; you went not to one friend’s house but to a dozen; acres of rich pound cake and mince-pies were washed down by cataracts of old beer and port, whisky and rum; the air was fragrant and thick with cigar smoke, as if the very mill chimneys had taken to puffing them; whole warehouses of presents were exchanged; every interior looked like a vast Flemish still-life of turkeys, geese, hams, puddings, candied fruit, dark purple bottles, figs, dates, chocolates, holly, and coloured or gilded paper hats.”
Bright Day is available from www.gnbooks.co.uk or from any good retailer.