The Christmas Letters

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Simon Hoggart is the ultimate Christmas curmudgeon. Every year about this time, unwanted round robins, stuffed with news of young Chloe's nauseating excellence at - well - everything, the announcement of Janet's cousin's husband's friend's divorce, or the details of Terry's colonoscopy, accumulate on doormats. One day, Simon Hoggart decided to do something about it.In 2004, he mercilessly presented the most eye-popping examples of such letters in his bestseller, The Cat that Could Open the Fridge, and followed it up with The Hamster that Loved Puccini, hoping he had put a stop to them. And yet the letters, booklets and photo-montages kept on coming. So here, to drive home his message, The Christmas Letters brings together his two collections in an anthology that will have everyone choking with laughter on their Christmas pudding.

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Simon Hoggart is the parliamentary sketch-writer and diarist for the Guardian. He also writes about wine and TV for the Spectator and is the former host of Radio 4's News Quiz. Atlantic published Don't Tell Mum: Hair-Raising Messages Home from Gap-Year Travellers in 2006, and his collection of parliamentary sketches from the Blair era, The Hands of History, was published in 2007.

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"'The funniest book of last year was The Cat That Could Open the Fridge, and I thought it would be impossible to better it. But his new assault on round robins, The Hamster That Loved Puccini, is even funnier... I could hardly hold the pen through paroxysms of cachinnation, or focus on the page through tears of mirth.' Spectator 'Wonderfully, horribly funny.' Martin Rowson, Independent on Sunday 'With Hoggart's wicked commentary, the dullest imaginable gobbets of useless information are transformed into gems of hilarity.' Christopher Matthew, Daily Mail"

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