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Noel Streatfeild's Christmas Stories

Noel Streatfeild

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Christmas, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Christmas Eve 2020 is the 125th anniversary of the birth of the beloved author of Ballet Shoes. This collection of sparkling Christmas-themed stories will charm and delight readers of all ages.

'The wonderful Noel Streatfeild's Christmas Stories collects, for the first time, nine festive stories originally written for annuals and magazines in the 1940s and 1950s . . . As ever, Streatfeild's children always feel utterly real and relatable. A beautifully produced treat' Anna Carey, Irish Times


In this captivating collection of stories by the author of Ballet Shoes, there are auditions on stage and antics on ice, trips to the pantomime, holiday adventures, and laughter shared with family and friends. Charming, heartwarming and funny, this collection will bring joy to readers of all ages.

Originally written in 1940s-60s for annuals, magazines and the radio, these stories have never been collected before.

With enchanting line drawings by by Peter Bailey.

Stories include:
The Audition
The Bells Keep Twelfth Night
The Moss Rose
Thimble
The Princess
The Chain
Christmas at Collers
The Pantomime Goose
Skating to the Stars

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Praise for Noel Streatfeild's Christmas Stories

  • Not only is this a gorgeous little book, the short stories in Noel Streatfeild's Christmas Stories have never been collected together in one place before. A treat for readers of all ages - Good Housekeeping

  • Streatfeild was an accomplished writer of short stories and this lovely collection highlights some of her festive best. The perfect present to read with your children this Christmas - Independent i

  • [Expect] escapism and writerly ease as Noel Streatfeild recounts stories of auditions on stage, adventures on ice and holiday mayhem. They're social records and thrilling reads - The Times

  • The wonderful Noel Streatfeild's Christmas Stories collects, for the first time, nine festive stories originally written for annuals and magazines in the 1940s and 1950s ... As ever, Streatfeild's children always feel utterly real and relatable. A beautifully produced treat - Irish Times

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Noel Streatfeild

Noel Streatfeild (1895-1986) was born in Amberley, Sussex. Her father was Bishop of Lewes and her great-grandmother was the prison reformer, Elizabeth Fry. She was a mischievous child, often in trouble at home. While growing up, she and her sisters put on plays for parish causes and, after making munitions during World War I, she trained as an actress. Noel Streatfeild started by writing books for adults. Then in 1931 she published her first children's book. Her best-loved novel, BALLET SHOES, was published in 1936.When World War II broke out, she worked in canteens for the armed forces and for those injured by bombs. She wrote over 80 books in her lifetime and lived in London till her death.

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