A Christmas Carol
Malcolm Andrews, editor of 'The Dickensian', tells the story of this much-loved Christmas classic ...
If, like us, you still haven’t finished all your Christmas gift shopping, let us offer some inspiration for filling the stockings of your loved ones this festive season.
Our gift sets are, of course, perfect for book lovers. Priced at just £19.99, these sets are beautifully packaged in a ridged, matt-laminated slipcase with metallic detailing, complete with strikingly attractive, bespoke artwork.
There are two gift-sets available. The Ultimate Classic Collection includes The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations, The Great Gatsby, Frankenstein and Dracula.
Meanwhile, The Ultimate Children’s Classic Collection includes Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows, The Little Prince, Treasure Island, Black Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Secret Garden and Peter Pan.
We may be best-known for our low-priced classic paperbacks, but we also boast a range of elegant hardback works. These are beautifully produced in stylish grey and navy cloth, silver blocked with an embossed exclusive portrait on the front cover. Priced at £11.99 each, the range includes collections from Hans Christain Andersen, Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll, The Brothers Grimm, F Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, Edgar Allen Poe, William Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf and Oscar Wilde. The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is also featured in the line-up.
Our paperbacks are priced at just £1.99 and the range covers over 200 classic titles, so there really is something for everyone. Here are some ideas…
For The Romantic: Well, where to start? Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Madame Bovary, Portrait of a Lady, Romeo and Juliet… we have the greatest love stories of all time in our collection. Just remember to pack some tissues in with your gifts.
For The TV Addict: Encourage them to switch off the telly and get reading instead by gifting them the original books. We’ve seen TV adaptations of everything from Sherlock and Jekyll & Hyde to Lady Chatterley’s Lover this year, with more to come in the form of War & Peace and Dickensian (based on the characters of Charles Dickens’ novels). Stick these in the stockings of your friends and family and tell them they’re the Director’s Cut versions…
For Your Glamorous Friend: It’s got to be The Great Gatsby, of course. This tale of decadence and passion in the Roaring Twenties has inspired movies, TV adaptations, wedding themes and a thousand fashion posts on Pinterest.
The Young Children – And Their Parents: It’s no surprise that The Little Prince is a consistent top-seller for us at Wordsworth Editions. It’s a delightful tale loved by children, and perfect for reading aloud by their parents. A gift that will be loved for years to come.
For Older Children: Lewis Carroll’s glorious tales of Alice’s adventures are books that will be treasured, and re-read, for many years. And a new Tim Burton movie based on Through The Looking Glass is set for release next year, so this is a great time to introduce children to the two classic novels.
For Mystery & Supernatural Fans: Well, we’ve got a whole collection devoted to this genre, so plenty to choose from. But just one highlight is The Drug & Other Stories, our revised edition of Aleister Crowley’s collection which features 54 of his short stories, many of which were previously unpublished. RRP is just £2.99.
For The Corbynite: If one of your friends or family has been inspired by the political leanings and values of the new Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist is a must-read. Cited as a major influence on socialist activism and ideology throughout the 20th Century, the book is widely considered a classic. Our version also includes an introduction by the late former Labour Party MP and socialist icon Tony Benn.
For All: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has become a touchstone of English festive fiction and an enduring favourite internationally. Repeatedly adapted, parodied, staged and filmed, this richly influential tale is powerfully vivid and moving. But look out, too, for Dickens’ other Christmas stories, namely The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life and The Haunted Man.
A very Merry Christmas to all our customers and readers!