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‘Come with meto St Pancras Old Church, on a little London hill...’It’s Christmas Eve and on this enchanted night Charoum, the Angel of Silence, can speak. As night turns to day, he unfolds a resonant story of a little girl, a homeless man and a fox...In the tradition of Charles Dickens and Dylan Thomas, Tidings takes us on a journey into the heart of Christmas, showing us‘Come with meto St Pancras Old Church, on a little London hill...’It’s Christmas Eve and on this enchanted night Charoum, the Angel of Silence, can speak. As night turns to day, he unfolds a resonant story of a little girl, a homeless man and a fox...In the tradition of Charles Dickens and Dylan Thomas, Tidings takes us on a journey into the heart of Christmas, showing us celebrations down the ages and across the globe – as dawn sweeps from East Australia to Bethlehem, from London to the Statue of Liberty in New York. This is Christmas in all its magic, reminding us that it is a time not only of good tidings, but of loneliness and longing, compassion and connection.Beautifully illustrated and exquisitely musical, Tidings is a poem to be read out loud and cherished....

Title : Tidings: A Christmas Journey
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ISBN : 9781784741068
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 80 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Tidings: A Christmas Journey Reviews

  • Rebecca Foster
    2019-04-21 09:56

    Ruth Padel is one of my favorite poets, so I jumped at the chance to read her new book-length holiday poem. Set across one Christmas Eve and Christmas day and narrated by Charoum, the Angel of Silence, the poem switches between Holly, a seven-year-old girl excited for Christmas, and Robin, a forty-four-year-old homeless man who follows a fox to a Crisis Centre. Here he gets a hot meal and some human kindness to make up for the usual bleakness of the holidays:Christmas is the salt mine.Salt in the wound, a nothing-time.I was loved once. Who by? Can’t remember.I especially liked the fragments that juxtapose this contemporary London story with centuries of history:Up here the evening glides over golden mosson the flat-top tomb of Mary WollstonecraftPagan Christmas fizzes and teems with ghosts,midwinter fires, mummers and waites, Yulelogs and mistletoe.The poem also journeys to Jerusalem and Rome to survey a whole world of Christmas traditions, then and now.It’s a lovely little volume, with the red, black and white theme offset by touches of gold. The illustrations are gorgeous, but the story line disappointed me: starting with the character names, it all felt rather clichéd. Padel has treated urban foxes much more successfully in her collection The Soho Leopard, and apart from a very few instances – like the above quotes – the verse struck me as largely undistinguished, even awkward (like the out-of-place clinical vocabulary in “Love, / and the lack of it, can change the limbic brain”). This means that, for me, this book fails to earn a place as a Christmas classic I’ll reread year after year.My thanks to Cat Mitchell of Random House for the free review copy.Originally published with images on my blog, Bookish Beck.

  • Roser
    2019-03-27 16:59

    Beautiful, beautiful book. I'm not used to read poetry in English, but I enjoyed it very much. It is a sad book, I won't deny it, but it is so real, so powerful. Lovely stories.

  • Michael Tweed
    2019-04-05 14:08

    Tidings is such a beautiful poem and so well illustrated that it will become a christmas tradition to read it every year in our home.

  • Helen White
    2019-04-03 13:12

    Lovely little book. A poem about Robin a homeless man, Holly a little girl, a fox and the sunrise sweeping over London and other places.

  • Pat Walsh
    2019-04-12 18:00

    A Christmas poem, spoken by an angel, about a homeless man, a young girl and a fox, set in a snowy corner of London. Unusual and haunting. Wonderful illustrations and a stunning cover by Sarah Young.