Christmas in Cloisterham

Christmas and Dickens. The two are so commonly linked in popular perception, and at this time of year not a day goes by without a different adaptation of A Christmas Carol on the television. No, Dickens did not invent the modern Christmas, but he certainly rode at the top of the wave ushering it in, …

Eye of the Tiger? Reconciling the Muscular Christian and the “Mummy’s Boy”

Rereading the second monthly part this afternoon, I was immediately struck (pardon the pun) by the opening scene of the Reverend Septimus Crisparkle ‘assisting his circulation by boxing at a looking-glass with great science and prowess’. The first time I read the novel, many moons ago, I can be forgiven for not catching this reference …