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Dear Father Christmas

Jane Starkie

A4, 40 pages, ISBN: 978-1-906280-20-8


When Father Christmas used to visit the Starkie household to look at the letters left in the chimney from Abbie, Hannah and Ben, he always left these letters behind. Recently rediscovered by chance, they have been reproduced (with Santa's permission) in this special compilation, which vividly illustrates the hopes and aspirations of children during the closing years of the 20th century.

Spanning the years 1982 to 1997, we find colourful and handwritten requests for gifts ranging from toothbrushes and felt-tip pens, to a motor bike, a windmill, and a "very rude joke book about girls". No doubt Father Christmas did his best to please wherever possible!

This attractively-produced book provides an entertaining and unusual insight into childhood and Christmas customs in Britain during a period of extraordinary social and technological changes.

All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the charity When You Wish upon a Star, who for the past 18 years have been making wishes come true for seriously-ill children across the United Kingdom.

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