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Publication Of ‘On Christmas Day’

November 4, 2023
by the gentle author

I am delighted to announce publication of my short story ‘On Christmas Day’ in collaboration with Burley Fisher Books



The Gentle Author picks up the threads of Christmas fiction from Charles Dickens, Dylan Thomas and George Mackay Brown to weave a compelling tale of family conflicts ignited and resolved in the festive season.

A limited edition of 1000 copies as a slim volume of thirty-two pages, illustrated with wood engravings by Reynolds Stone. Book design by David Pearson, printed by Aldgate Press on paper supplied by Fenner Paper.

We will be announcing a launch with a reading shortly. We will be sending out complimentary copies next week to everyone who became a patron, friend or supporter of the crowdfund to relaunch Spitalfields Life Books.


“Over successive Christmases, as I was growing up, I witnessed the disintegration of my family until today I am the lone survivor of the entire clan, the custodian, charged with carrying the legacy of all their stories. Where once I was the innocent child in the midst of a family drama unknown to me, now I am a sober adult haunted by equivocal memories of a conflict that only met its resolution in death. Yet in spite of this, whenever I examine the piles of old photographs of happy, smiling people which are now the slim evidence of the existence of those generations which precede me, I cannot resist tender feelings towards them all.”


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  1. Linda Granfield permalink
    November 4, 2023

    Well, dear GA, you know how thrilled I am to see this morning’s announcement!

    On Christmas Day afternoon, our family will settle in to listen to Dylan Thomas reading (CD) “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” and then we’ll read aloud your “On Christmas Day.” We’re adding to our annual tradition.

    Some lovely wine will be enjoyed during the session.
    Thank you, and congratulations!

    [CD version for 2024?]

  2. Cherub permalink
    November 4, 2023

    This is such a nice thing to read at Christmas. The wood engraving shown here is beautiful.

  3. Robin permalink
    November 4, 2023

    A wonderful addition to the Christmas holidays. Just ordered our copy. Thank you, GA!

  4. Ron Chriswell permalink
    November 8, 2023

    From the U.S. I anxiously await our copy of your story! Christmas will be all the more enjoyable this year with this new addition. Hurrah hurrah hurrah!

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