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Christmas Explained

Christmas Explained

Robins, Kings and Brussel Sprouts

Jonathan Green

Size: 178 x 110 mm269 PagesISBN: 9781909679375
Publication: October 1, 2014


  • £11.99

An interesting compendium of the origins of familiar Christmas customs and traditions. Green speculates on such matters as the identity of the three kings, explains such mysteries as the reasoning behind the date of Christmas and the development of the Advent calendar and the Christmas cracker, and asks, in the words of Brian's Mum: "What is myrrh anyway?" You'll find out here.

Jonathan Green is a writer of speculative fiction, with more than sixty books to his name. Well known for his contributions to the Fighting Fantasy range of adventure gamebooks, he has also written fiction for such diverse properties as Doctor Who, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000, Sonic the Hedgehog, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Moshi Monsters, LEGO and Judge Dredd. He is the creator of the Pax Britannia series for Abaddon Books and has written eight novels set within this steampunk universe, featuring the debonair dandy adventurer Ulysses Quicksilver. He is also the author of an increasing number of non-fiction titles, including the award-winning YOU ARE THE HERO – A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks. He has recently taken to editing and compiling short story anthologies, including the critically-acclaimed GAME OVER and SHARKPUNK, published by Snowbooks. To find out more about his current projects visit and follow him on Twitter @jonathangreen.


‘Freaky but fascinating festive trivia’ Daily Star

‘Highly informative’ The Bookseller

‘As welcome as a warm glass of mulled wine on a wintry night, Green’s guide to Christmas enhances the pleasures of the festive season, offering a witty cornucopia of Christmas facts and folklore.’ The Good Book Guide

Format: Hardback

Size: 178 x 110 mm

269 Pages

ISBN: 9781909679375

Publication: October 1, 2014

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