Dickens in December – A giveaway of “Dickens at Christmas”

DaC For the second give-away of Dickens in December, Caroline and I have decided to offer two different books. For a chance to win make sure you visit her blog to see what book she is giving away.

It took me a long time to pick the book for the second give-away – so many to choose from! – but the moment I saw it in the bookstore I knew this was the one. I am giving away a copy of “Dickens at Christmas”, which is a collection of short stories written especially for the festive season.
For those of you who enjoy short stories, this might be the perfect choice. I have read two stories from it, The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton and A Christmas Carol and liked them both. From the blurb:

“It is said that Charles Dickens invented Christmas, and within these pages you’ll certainly find all the elements of a traditional Christmas brought to vivid life: snowy rooftops, gleaming shop windows, steaming bowls of punch, plum puddings like speckled cannon balls, sage and onion stuffing, miracles, magic, charity and goodwill.

This beautifully produced Vintage Classics edition gathers together not only Dickens’ Christmas Books (A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, The Battle of Life, The Cricket on the Hearth and The Haunted Man) but also stories that Dickens wrote for the special seasonal editions of his periodicals All the Year Round and Household Words and a festive tale from The Pickwick Papers.”

The giveaway is open internationally. To sign up for it, just leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite Christmas food is. I look forward to the answers. 🙂
The winner will be announced on the 26th.


Coming up: A discussion of “A Christmas Carol” on Friday the 21st. For the participants in this read-along, Caroline and I have prepared a list of questions which we have sent to those who signed up. If you haven’t got them but would like to, just send me an email and I will gladly forward them to you.

The wrap up post for “Dickens in December” will be on Sunday the 30th. Until then you can visit Caroline’s blog for a list of the participants and their reviews. Please let us know if we have missed your review so we can add you to the list. I am really happy to see how many people have participated so far, I know it’s a busy time of the year (probably the busiest for some) and this makes your contribution even more appreciated.

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20 Responses to Dickens in December – A giveaway of “Dickens at Christmas”

  1. Caroline says:

    How lucky you mention the readalong. Someone who commented on my blog yesterday thought it was already over.

  2. Amy says:

    I found my way here from Caroline’s blog. I’m a little late to Dickens in December as I’ve been away from the computer and blogging for a couple of months. I love this idea you came up with.
    I enjoy short stories and have always liked ones involving Christmas and the holidays particularly from the time of Dickens and thereabout. The cover of your giveaway is beautiful, too!
    My favorite Christmas food is a chocolate mousse filled Christmas log cake my mom makes and the prime rib we have for Christmas dinner!

    Thank you!

    • Delia says:

      Hi Amy,
      It’s not too late, there is still time until the 30th (when the event ends) to read anything Dickens related. Even a short story is ok.
      Ah, chocolate mousse…yummy.

  3. Vishy says:

    This is wonderful, Delia! I love the cover of ‘Dickens at Christmas’ and the selection of stories in it. Unfortunately, my bookshelf is overflowing with new unread books and so I don’t think it will be fair if I participate in this giveaway. So, please don’t consider me. But I will officially feel jealous of the winner – this book looks so beautiful! All the best to all the participants! I can’t wait for June 21st to arrive! Looking forward to discussing ‘A Christmas Carol’ with you and with all the other readalong participants.

    • Delia says:

      It is a beautiful book, very Christmas-y. Ok, if you insist, I won’t add you name to the draw. All those books waiting for you, mustn’t disappoint them. 🙂
      See you tomorrow for the read-along!

  4. JoV says:

    Count me in! my favourite food is the Yule Log. Loves all things chocolates! 🙂

  5. My favorite Christmas foods are baked apples and Turkey. Please enter me in the Giveaway.


  6. Hi Delia,
    I found my way here through Caroline’s blog. The cover of the book looks so delicious, I would love to win it! Please enter my name too.
    I am from India where we celebrate Christmas in a slightly different way. My favorite Christmas food is plum cake shot with rum, accompanied by hot chocolate with hazelnut.
    Hoping to win!

    • Delia says:

      Plum cake sounds delicious, not to mention the chocolate! India is on my list of countries to visit someday, maybe I should go there during Christmas. 🙂
      I’ve included you in the draw.

  7. Chrissie says:

    Ham….apricot chutney my daughter makes….fruit cake! Yes, I’m one of the miniscule crowd who actually likes the stuff….cranberry nut bread….gingerbread!

    I jumped over here from Caroline’s blog. I’m putting your blog on my reader!

  8. TBM says:

    This sounds like a delightful collection. Please count me in. My favorite food during the holidays–that’s tough since I love food. The first thing that popped into my mind was the cheese and cracker platter we always have as an appetizer.

    • Delia says:

      It’s a great book, I’ll try to read a couple more stories from it these days.
      That sounds like a wonderful starter. I’m like you when it comes to food, I love it, and cheese is high on my list, not as high as chocolate but close. 🙂
      I’ll put your name in the draw.

  9. shweta jani says:

    I would love to enter this giveaway. My favourite christmas food is- Christmas fruit cake, kul kul (a shell shaped wafer), Guava Jam and marzipan : ). Thank you for the giveaway !!
    Happy holidays !

  10. Rowena says:

    My favourite Christmas food is English-style trifle! My sister makes it every year and it wouldn’t feel like Christmas without it. I also adore Christmas fruit cake, yum! 🙂

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